What does energy mean?

Definitions for energy
ˈɛn ər dʒien·er·gy

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word energy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. energy, free energynoun

    (physics) a thermodynamic quantity equivalent to the capacity of a physical system to do work; the units of energy are joules or ergs

    "energy can take a wide variety of forms"

  2. energy, vigor, vigour, zipnoun

    forceful exertion

    "he plays tennis with great energy"; "he's full of zip"

  3. energy, push, get-up-and-gonoun

    enterprising or ambitious drive

    "Europeans often laugh at American energy"

  4. energy, muscularity, vigor, vigour, vimnoun

    an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing)

    "his writing conveys great energy"; "a remarkable muscularity of style"

  5. energy, vim, vitalitynoun

    a healthy capacity for vigorous activity

    "jogging works off my excess energy"; "he seemed full of vim and vigor"

  6. energynoun

    any source of usable power

    "the DOE is responsible for maintaining the energy policy"

  7. Department of Energy, Energy Department, Energy, DOEnoun

    the federal department responsible for maintaining a national energy policy of the United States; created in 1977

Wiktionary

  1. energynoun

    The impetus behind all motion and all activity.

  2. energynoun

    The capacity to do work.

  3. energynoun

    A quantity that denotes the ability to do work and is measured in a unit dimensioned in mass × distanceu00B2/timeu00B2 (MLu00B2/Tu00B2) or the equivalent.

    Units:

  4. energynoun

    An intangible, modifiable force (often characterized as either 'positive' or 'negative') believed to emanate from a person, place or thing and which is (or can be) preserved and transferred in human interactions; shared mood or group habit; a vibe.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ENERGYnoun

    Etymology: ἐνέϱγεια.

    They are not effective of any thing, nor leave no work behind them, but are energies merely; for their working upon mirrours, and places of echo, doth not alter any thing in those bodies. Francis Bacon.

    Whether with particles of heav’nly fire
    The God of nature did his soul inspire;
    Or earth, but new divided from the sky,
    And pliant still, retain’d th’ ethereal energy. Dryden.

    God thinketh with operation infinitely perfect, with an omnipotent as well as an eternal energy. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol. Sac.

    Beg the blessed Jesus to give an energy to your imperfect prayers, by his most powerful intercession. George Smalridge, Serm.

    What but God!
    Inspiring God! who, boundless spirit all,
    And unremitting energy, pervades,
    Adjusts, sustains, and agitates the whole. James Thomson, Spring.

    Matter, though divided into the subtilest parts, moved swiftly, is senseless and stupid, and makes no approach to vital energy. John Ray, on the Creation.

    How can concussion of atoms beget self-consciousness, and other powers and energies that we feel in our minds? Richard Bentley.

    Who did ever, in French authors, see
    The comprehensive English energy. Wentworth Dillon.

    Swift and ready, and familiar communication is made by speech; and, when animated by elocution, it acquires a greater life and energy, ravishing and captivating the hearers. William Holder.

    Many words deserve to be thrown out of our language, and not a few antiquated to be restored, on account of their energy and sound. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Energynoun

    internal or inherent power; capacity of acting, operating, or producing an effect, whether exerted or not; as, men possessing energies may suffer them to lie inactive

  2. Energynoun

    power efficiently and forcibly exerted; vigorous or effectual operation; as, the energy of a magistrate

  3. Energynoun

    strength of expression; force of utterance; power to impress the mind and arouse the feelings; life; spirit; -- said of speech, language, words, style; as, a style full of energy

  4. Energynoun

    capacity for performing work

Freebase

  1. Energy

    In physics, energy is an indirectly observed quantity which comes in many forms, such as kinetic energy, potential energy, radiant energy, and many others; which are listed in this summary article. This is a major topic in science and technology and this article gives an overview of its major aspects, and provides links to the many specific articles about energy in its different forms and contexts. The question "what is energy?" is difficult to answer in a simple, intuitive way, although energy can be rigorously defined in theoretical physics. In the words of Richard Feynman, "It is important to realize that in physics today, we have no knowledge what energy is. We do not have a picture that energy comes in little blobs of a definite amount." However, it is clear that energy is always an indispensable prerequisite for performing mechanical work, and the concept has great importance in natural science. The natural basic units in which energy is measured are those used for mechanical work; they always are equivalent to a unit of force multiplied by a unit of length. Other equivalent units for energy are mass units multiplied by velocity units squared.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Energy

    en′ėr-ji, n. power of doing work: power exerted: vigorous operation: strength: (physics) the term, as applied to a material system, used to denote the power of doing work possessed by that system.—adjs. Energet′ic, -al, having or showing energy: active: forcible: effective.—adv. Energet′ically.—n.pl. Energet′ics, the science of the general laws of energy.—adj. Ener′gic, exhibiting energy.—v.t. En′ergise, to give strength or active force to.—v.i. to act with force:—pr.p. en′ergīsing; pa.p. en′ergīsed.Conservation of energy (see Conservation). [Gr. energeiaen, in, ergon, work.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Energy

    The capacity for doing work. It is measured by work units which involve the exercise of force along a path of some length. A foot-pound, centimeter-gram, and centimeter-dyne are units of energy and work. The absolute unit of energy is the erg, a force of one dyne exercised over one centimeter of space. (See Dyne.) The dimensions of energy are   force (M * L / T^2) * space (L) = M * (L^2 / T^2). Energy may be chemical (atomic or molecular), mechanical, electrical, thermal, physical, potential, kinetic, or actual, and other divisions could be formulated.

Editors Contribution

  1. energy

    A source of power.

    Everything has energy e.g. people, animals and buildings


    Submitted by MaryC on January 1, 2020  


  2. energy

    Level of expression.

    The energy it took to change the situation was amazing, it was so easy.


    Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2020  


  3. energy

    The ability and motivation to act or do efficiently

    He always haa the energy to have fun with his wife.


    Submitted by MaryC on January 4, 2020  


  4. energy

    The capacity to do work.

    Energy is the capacity to do work.


    Submitted by MaryC on January 1, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'energy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #790

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'energy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1523

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'energy' in Nouns Frequency: #325

Anagrams for energy »

  1. greeny

  2. gyrene

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of energy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of energy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of energy in a Sentence

  1. Greg Anderson:

    Stop the mindless wishing that things would be different. Rather than wasting time and emotional and spiritual energy in explaining why we don't have what we want, we can start to pursue other ways to get it.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I will say this: If I don’t go all the way, and if I don’t win, I will consider it to be a total and complete waste of time, energy and money.

  3. Goldman Sachs:

    One of the things that's coming out of the war in Ukraine is people are going to think differently about energy, about food, about minerals, about certain healthcare resources. From a supply perspective, we have to be secure in some of these things, that doesn't mean everything's got to be made onshore. We still operate in a global economy, but there are things where we've got to make sure we've got the right access and the right security. And we don't have to rely necessarily on others.

  4. Nancy Slagowitz:

    I walk differently. I definitely feel more fit, stronger and have more energy, i have abs and that cut look in my arms. [Plus, I] look younger.

  5. Natalie Dautovich:

    Most people experience a dip in energy and alertness in the early to mid-afternoon.

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