electromotive force: Meaning and Definition of

elec'tromo'tive force'

Pronunciation: [key]
— Elect. Elect.
  1. the energy available for conversion from nonelectric to electric form, or vice versa, per unit of charge passing through the source of the energy; the potential difference between the terminals of a source of electrical energy: expressed in volts. Abbr.: emf &hasp;Also called
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