• (adj): Existing in possibility.
    Example: "A potential problem"
    Synonyms: possible
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on potential, potentials:

Particle In A Spherically Symmetric Potential
... dynamics of a particle in a spherically symmetric potential has a Hamiltonian of the following form where denotes the mass of the particle in the potential ... amounts to solving the Schrödinger equation with the potential V(r) which depend only on r, the modulus of r ...
Diopside - Potential Uses
... Diopside based ceramics and glass-ceramics have potential applications in various technological areas ... The as produced glass-ceramic is a potential structural material ... Similarly, diopside based ceramics and glass-ceramics have potential applications in the field of biomaterials, nuclear waste immobilization and sealing materials in solid oxide ...
Potential Gradient
... In physics, chemistry and biology, a potential gradient is the local rate of change of the potential with respect to displacement, i.e ... engineering it refers specifically to electric potential gradient, which is equal to the electric field ...
Electrorheological Fluid - Applications
... separation between plates being in the order of 1 mm and the applied potential being in the order of 1 kV ... an ER fluid because the ability to soak the fluid into cloth creates the potential for a very light vest that can change from a normal cloth into a hard covering almost instantaneously ... Other potential uses are in accurate abrasive polishing and as haptic controllers and tactile displays ...
Saltatory Conduction - Mechanism
... At each successive node, the membrane potential of the axon is thereby brought to the threshold potential to initiate an action potential ... Ions need only to cross the axon membrane to propagate the action potential at the nodes, but not anywhere under the myelin along the axon ... Thus in myelinated axons, action potentials do not propagate continuously as waves, but instead recur at successive nodes, and in effect "hop" along the axon, by which ...

More definitions of "potential":

  • (adj): Expected to become or be; in prospect.
    Example: "Potential clients"
    Synonyms: expected, likely

Famous quotes containing the word potential:

    A child is born with the potential ability to learn Chinese or Swahili, play a kazoo, climb a tree, make a strudel or a birdhouse, take pleasure in finding the coordinates of a star. Genetic inheritance determines a child’s abilities and weaknesses. But those who raise a child call forth from that matrix the traits and talents they consider important.
    Emilie Buchwald (20th century)

    Children are potentially free and their life directly embodies nothing save potential freedom. Consequently they are not things and cannot be the property either of their parents or others.
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831)

    The traditional American husband and father had the responsibilities—and the privileges—of playing the role of primary provider. Sharing that role is not easy. To yield exclusive access to the role is to surrender some of the potential for fulfilling the hero fantasy—a fantasy that appeals to us all. The loss is far from trivial.
    Faye J. Crosby (20th century)