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Meaning of physical by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK, US ) IPA: /ˈfɪzɪkəl/


    physical ( comparative more physical, superlative most physical )

    1. Having to do with the body .
      Are you feeling any physical effects?
    2. Having to do with the material world .
      It's not so much a physical place as a state of mind .
    3. Involving bodily force .
      This team plays a very physical game, so watch out .
    4. Having to do with physics .
      This substance has a number of interesting physical properties .



    physical ( plural: physicals )

    1. Physical examination .
      How long has it been since your last physical?


    • checkup, check-up


Explanation of physical by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. having substance or material existence

    2. a physical manifestation
    3. concerned with material things

    4. physical properties
      the physical characteristics of the earth
      the physical size of a computer
    5. impelled by physical force especially against resistance

    6. a real cop would get physical
    7. characterized by energetic bodily activity

    8. a very physical dance performance
    9. according with material things or natural laws ( other than those peculiar to living matter )

    10. a reflex response to physical stimuli
    11. involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit

    12. physical exercise
      physical suffering
      was sloppy about everything but her physical appearance
    13. relating to the sciences dealing with matter and energy

    14. physical sciences
      physical laws

    Definition of physical by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Physical ( fĭzĭkal ), a.
      1. Of or pertaining to nature ( as including all created existences ); in accordance with the laws of nature; also, of or relating to natural or material things, or to the bodily structure, as opposed to things mental, moral, spiritual, or imaginary; material; natural; as, “armies and navies are the physical force of a nation; the body is the physical part of man.”

      Labor, in the physical world, is . . . employed in putting objects in motion. J. S. Mill.

      A society sunk in ignorance, and ruled by mere physical force. Macaulay.

      2. Of or pertaining to physics, or natural philosophy; treating of, or relating to, the causes and connections of natural phenomena; as, “physical science; physical laws.” “Physical philosophy.” Pope.

      3. Perceptible through a bodily or material organization; cognizable by the senses; external; as, “the physical, opposed to chemical, characters of a mineral”.

      4. Of or pertaining to physic, or the art of medicine; medicinal; curative; healing; also, cathartic; purgative. [Obs.] “Physical herbs.” Sir T. North.

      Is Brutus sick? and is it physical

      To walk unbraced, and suck up the humors

      Of the dank morning? Shak.

      Physical astronomy, that part of astronomy which treats of the causes of the celestial motions; specifically, that which treats of the motions resulting from universal gravitation. -- Physical education, training of the bodily organs and powers with a view to the promotion of health and vigor. -- Physical examination ( Med. ), an examination of the bodily condition of a person. -- Physical geography. See under Geography. -- Physical point, an indefinitely small portion of matter; a point conceived as being without extension, yet having physical properties, as weight, inertia, momentum, etc.; a material point. -- Physical signs ( Med. ), the objective signs of the bodily state afforded by a physical examination.