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Meaning of physics by Wiktionary Dictionary

physics


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    Etymology

    From Ancient Greek φυσικός ( phusikos, “natural” )

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈfɪz.ɪks/

    Noun

    physics ( uncountable )

    1. The branch of science concerned with the study of properties and interactions of space, time, matter and energy .
      Newtonian physics was extended by Einstein to explain the effects of travelling near the speed of light; quantum physics extends it to account for the behaviour of atoms .
    2. Of or pertaining to the physical aspects of a phenomenon or a system, especially those studied in physics .
      The physics of car crashes would not let Tom Cruise walk away like that .

    Meronyms

    • See also Wikisaurus:physics

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    Noun

    physics

    1. Plural form of physic .

    External links

    • physics in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • physics in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • physics at OneLook Dictionary Search


Explanation of physics by Wordnet Dictionary

physics


    Noun
    1. the science of matter and energy and their interactions

    2. his favorite subject was physics
    3. the physical properties, phenomena, and laws of something

    4. he studied the physics of radiation


    Definition of physics by GCIDE Dictionary

    physics


    1. Natural ( ?; 135 ), a. [OE. naturel, F. naturel, fr. L. naturalis, fr. natura. See Nature.]
      1. Fixed or determined by nature; pertaining to the constitution of a thing; belonging to native character; according to nature; essential; characteristic; innate; not artificial, foreign, assumed, put on, or acquired; as, “the natural growth of animals or plants; the natural motion of a gravitating body; natural strength or disposition; the natural heat of the body; natural color.”

      With strong natural sense, and rare force of will. Macaulay.

      2. Conformed to the order, laws, or actual facts, of nature; consonant to the methods of nature; according to the stated course of things, or in accordance with the laws which govern events, feelings, etc.; not exceptional or violent; legitimate; normal; regular; as, “the natural consequence of crime; a natural death; anger is a natural response to insult.”

      What can be more natural than the circumstances in the behavior of those women who had lost their husbands on this fatal day? Addison.

      3. Having to do with existing system to things; dealing with, or derived from, the creation, or the world of matter and mind, as known by man; within the scope of human reason or experience; not supernatural; as, “a natural law; natural science; history, theology.”

      I call that natural religion which men might know . . . by the mere principles of reason, improved by consideration and experience, without the help of revelation. Bp. Wilkins.

      4. Conformed to truth or reality; as: Springing from true sentiment; not artificial or exaggerated; -- said of action, delivery, etc.; as, “a natural gesture, tone, etc.” Resembling the object imitated; true to nature; according to the life; -- said of anything copied or imitated; as, “a portrait is natural”.

      5. Having the character or sentiments properly belonging to one's position; not unnatural in feelings.

      To leave his wife, to leave his babes, . . .

      He wants the natural touch. Shak.

      6. Connected by the ties of consanguinity. especially, Related by birth rather than by adoption; as, “one's natural mother”. “Natural friends.” J. H. Newman.

      7. Hence: Begotten without the sanction of law; born out of wedlock; illegitimate; bastard; as, “a natural child”.

      8. Of or pertaining to the lower or animal nature, as contrasted with the higher or moral powers, or that which is spiritual; being in a state of nature; unregenerate.

      The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God. 1 Cor. ii. 14.

      9. ( Math. ) Belonging to, to be taken in, or referred to, some system, in which the base is 1; -- said of certain functions or numbers; as, “natural numbers, those commencing at 1; natural sines, cosines, etc., those taken in arcs whose radii are 1.”



      10. ( Mus. ) Produced by natural organs, as those of the human throat, in distinction from instrumental music. Of or pertaining to a key which has neither a flat nor a sharp for its signature, as the key of C major. Applied to an air or modulation of harmony which moves by easy and smooth transitions, digressing but little from the original key. Neither flat nor sharp; -- of a tone. Changed to the pitch which is neither flat nor sharp, by appending the sign ; as, “A natural”. Moore ( Encyc. of Music ).

      11. Existing in nature or created by the forces of nature, in contrast to production by man; not made, manufactured, or processed by humans; as, “a natural ruby; a natural bridge; natural fibers; a deposit of natural calcium sulfate”. Opposed to artificial, man-made, manufactured, processed and synthetic. [wns=2]

      12. Hence: Not processed or refined; in the same statre as that existing in nature; as, “natural wood; natural foods”.

      Natural day, the space of twenty-four hours. Chaucer.

      -- Natural fats, Natural gas, etc. See under Fat, Gas. etc. -- Natural Harmony ( Mus. ), the harmony of the triad or common chord. -- Natural history, in its broadest sense, a history or description of nature as a whole, including the sciences of botany, Zoology, geology, mineralogy, paleontology, chemistry, and physics. In recent usage the term is often restricted to the sciences of botany and Zoology collectively, and sometimes to the science of zoology alone. -- Natural law, that instinctive sense of justice and of right and wrong, which is native in mankind, as distinguished from specifically revealed divine law, and formulated human law. -- Natural modulation ( Mus. ), transition from one key to its relative keys. -- Natural order. ( Nat. Hist. ) See under order. -- Natural person. ( Law ) See under person, n. -- Natural philosophy, originally, the study of nature in general; the natural sciences; in modern usage, that branch of physical science, commonly called physics, which treats of the phenomena
      and laws of matter and considers those effects only which are unaccompanied by any change of a chemical nature; -- contrasted with mental philosophy and moral philosophy. -- Natural scale ( Mus. ), a scale which is written without flats or sharps. Model would be a preferable term, as less likely to mislead, the so-called artificial scales ( scales represented by the use of flats and sharps ) being equally natural with the so-called natural scale. -- Natural science, the study of objects and phenomena existing in nature, especially biology, chemistry, physics and their interdisciplinary related sciences; natural history, in its broadest sense; -- used especially in contradistinction to sociaNatural ( ?; 135 ), a. [OE. naturel, F. naturel, fr. L. naturalis, fr. natura. See Nature.]
      1. Fixed or determined by nature; pertaining to the constitution of a thing; belonging to native character; according to nature; essential; characteristic; innate; not artificial, foreign, assumed, put on, or acquired; as, “the natural growth of animals or plants; the natural motion of a gravitating body; natural strength or disposition; the natural heat of the body; natural color.”

      With strong natural sense, and rare force of will. Macaulay.

      2. Conformed to the order, laws, or actual facts, of nature; consonant to the methods of nature; according to the stated course of things, or in accordance with the laws which govern events, feelings, etc.; not exceptional or violent; legitimate; normal; regular; as, “the natural consequence of crime; a natural death; anger is a natural response to insult.”

      What can be more natural than the circumstances in the behavior of those women who had lost their husbands on this fatal day? Addison.

      3. Having to do with existing system to things; dealing with, or derived from, the creation, or the world of matter and mind, as known by man; within the scope of human reason or experience; not supernatural; as, “a natural law; natural science; history, theology.”

      I call that natural religion which men might know . . . by the mere principles of reason, improved by consideration and experience, without the help of revelation. Bp. Wilkins.

      4. Conformed to truth or reality; as: Springing from true sentiment; not artificial or exaggerated; -- said of action, delivery, etc.; as, “a natural gesture, tone, etc.” Resembling the object imitated; true to nature; according to the life; -- said of anything copied or imitated;
    2. Physics n. [See Physic.] The science of nature, or of natural objects; that branch of science which treats of the laws and properties of matter, and the forces acting upon it; especially, that department of natural science which treats of the causes ( as gravitation, heat, light, magnetism, electricity, etc. ) that modify the general properties of bodies; natural philosophy.

      ☞ Chemistry, though a branch of general physics, is commonly treated as a science by itself, and the application of physical principles which it involves constitute a branch called chemical physics, which treats more especially of those physical properties of matter which are used by chemists in defining and distinguishing substances.