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po·ten·tial /pəˈtɛn(t)ʃəl/

潛在性,可能性,潛力,潛能,勢,位(a.)有潛力的,可能的,潛在的

po·ten·tial /pəˈtɛnʧəl/ 形容詞

From: Network Terminology

potential

潛在 電位

Po·ten·tial, n.

1. Anything that may be possible; a possibility; potentially.

2. Math. In the theory of gravitation, or of other forces acting in space, a function of the rectangular coordinates which determine the position of a point, such that its differential coefficients with respect to the coordinates are equal to the components of the force at the point considered; -- also called potential function, or force function. It is called also Newtonian potential when the force is directed to a fixed center and is inversely as the square of the distance from the center.

3. Elec. The energy of an electrical charge measured by its power to do work; hence, the degree of electrification as referred to some standard, as that of the earth; electro-motive force.

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Po·ten·tial a.

1. Being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result; efficacious; influential. [Obs.] *“And hath in his effect a voice potential.”*

2. Existing in possibility, not in actuality.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

potential

adj 1: existing in possibility; "a potential problem"; "possible

uses of nuclear power" [syn: possible] [ant: actual]

2: expected to become or be; in prospect; "potential clients";

"expected income" [syn: expected, likely]

n 1: the inherent capacity for coming into being [syn: potentiality,

potency]

2: the difference in electrical charge between two points in a

circuit expressed in volts [syn: electric potential, potential

difference, potential drop, voltage]