potential [pә'tenʃәl]
n. 潜在性, 可能性, 潜力, 潜能, 势, 位

a. 有潜力的, 可能的, 潜在的

[医] 电位, 电势, 潜在的, 可能的, 潜力, 潜势

[经] 潜在的, 有可能的

potential
[ noun ]
1. the inherent capacity for coming into being

2. <noun.state>
3. the difference in electrical charge between two points in a circuit expressed in volts

4. <noun.phenomenon>
1. existing in possibility

a potential problem
possible uses of nuclear power
3. expected to become or be; in prospect

potential clients

Potential \Po*ten"tial\, n.
1. Anything that may be possible; a possibility; potentially.
--Bacon.

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
co["o]rdinates 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.

Potential \Po*ten"tial\, a. [Cf. F. potentiel. See {Potency}.]
1. Being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result;
efficacious; influential. [Obs.] ``And hath in his effect
a voice potential.'' --Shak.

2. Existing in possibility, not in actuality. ``A potential
hero.'' --Carlyle.

Potential existence means merely that the thing may
be at ome time; actual existence, that it now is.
--Sir W.
Hamilton.

{Potential cautery}. See under {Cautery}.

{Potential energy}. (Mech.) See the Note under {Energy}.

{Potential mood}, or {Potential mode} (Gram.), that form of
the verb which is used to express possibility, liberty,
power, will, obligation, or necessity, by the use of may,
can, must, might, could, would, or should; as, I may go;
he can write.

1. This is where McIlveen also makes sure of legality, environmental considerations and the lender's potential liabilities. 'We like lending to things that are already under way,' he says.
2. "There's enormous potential out there for every city in the country," says Mayor Joseph Petruzzi of Bellmawr, N.J., which is fighting two such suits.
3. In the midst of these the ripe and rusty Basilio of Nicolay Ghiaurov, with his imposing Slavonic bigness a potential cuckoo in the nest, was all the more effective for his restraint.
4. Adjusted to remove any stocks subject to potential arbitrage, it started a slight decline in the mid-August month, coming down to 1.23 from its record 1.29 in the previous month.
5. Although CableOne said no other advertisers have signed up yet, it expects advertisers to be attracted to the potential of "roadblocking," in which the same commercial runs at about the same time on a number of different networks.
6. While neither product contains minoxidil, it's still "possible" that potential customers may confuse these products with Rogaine, Upjohn's Mr. Hoff said.
7. The company said it undertook the plan to "enable the stockholders to better realize the full potential value" of the company's shares, which management feels are undervalued in the marketplace.
8. With interest rates for commercial lending fixed by the central bank, competition is limited, as is profit potential.
9. When the purpose of the abstraction is to deal with people, however, there are potential dangers.
10. Having solved UK problems, it has potential in all its main markets.
11. The survey of 750 adults, conducted by telephone between April 23 and April 26, has a margin of potential sampling error of plus or minus 4 percent.
12. The potential size of such expansions is usually not revealed in budget estimates of the expansions' initial years.
13. Worried about the potential financial impact of burgeoning frequent-flier programs and triple-mileage travel awards, many major air carriers have imposed restrictions on the plans or are thinking of doing so.
14. The report acknowledged the "fiscal realities" of federal budget deficits and that some potential trade-offs might have to be considered, including raising the \$500 million by canceling some other USDA research.
15. McKesson remains one of the largest potential partners yet to sign such a deal. Sir Richard Sykes, chief executive, has said that deals with intermediaries and even other pharmaceuticals companies were under consideration.
16. At Wimbledon last year, Andrew Foster, Chris Wilkinson and Chris Bailey all performed to their full potential. The next generation will be better prepared.
17. Small investors should pick specialized stocks with strong earnings potential and hope that the dollar won't fall much lower than its recent level around 1.82 marks, analysts say.
18. Today, a lot of children across America struggle with problems. With a little help from a good school or a great teacher, today's stuttering child could be tomorrow's keynote speaker _ today's potential dropout could become tomorrow's Thomas Edison.
19. Its sole merit as a potential party of government is that it has not been discredited by appearing to rot after too long a period in office.
20. President Bush ordered U.S. forces to Saudi Arabia to repel a potential Iraqi attack.
21. But methyl chloroform, whose potency for ozone destruction is less than 15 percent that of CFCs, remains unregulated and is viewed by much of industry as a potential "bridge" chemical as companies stop using CFCs as cleaning solvents.
22. Sales increased 24 per cent to Pounds 586m, twice the figure achieved three years ago and nearly a third of overall sales. Mr Robb said Zovirax's potential was by no means exhausted.
23. There appears to be growing sentiment in Congress to plug this loophole, while giving regulators more time to determine the potential competitive impact of proposed takeovers.
24. 'It's too early to pinpoint, but people should be aware that this market has the potential to get there,' she said. 'In the past we had a freeze and the trees were healthy.
25. Time Warner also is negotiating with Toshiba Corp. and C. Itoh & Co. about a potential investment of \$1 billion in Time Warner for a stake in a new entertainment subsidiary containing the movie, cable and TV production businesses.
26. A spark is needed to ignite methane, said Denning, and "there would be an abundance of potential spark sources" in the bank. "Sometimes all it takes is a light switch," he said.
27. The forecast caused some analysts to lower their 1990 earnings estimates for the company, although they said they still believed in its long-term growth potential.
28. Software suppliers, call-center specialists and multi-media agencies are working in this field on integrated solutions, in order to provide companies with efficient solutions that will enhance their revenue streams and open up rationalization potential.
29. For Lorimar, meanwhile, Warner might prove to be the most friendly of several potential acquirers said to be circling the problem-plagued company.
30. No Lawrence Walsh staffer, potential juror or witness can prove, as the law requires, that he isn't relying on immune testimony.
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