Physicalness



[fiz-i-kuh l] /ˈfɪz ɪ kəl/

adjective
1.
of or relating to the body:
physical exercise.
2.
of or relating to that which is material:
the physical universe; the physical sciences.
3.
noting or pertaining to the properties of matter and energy other than those peculiar to living matter.
4.
pertaining to the physical sciences, especially .
5.
carnal; sexual:
a physical attraction.
6.
tending to touch, hug, pat, etc.; physically demonstrative:
a physical person.
7.
requiring, characterized by, or liking rough physical contact or strenuous physical activity:
Football is a physical sport.
noun
8.
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/ˈfɪzɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the body, as distinguished from the mind or spirit
2.
of, relating to, or resembling material things or nature: the physical universe
3.
involving or requiring bodily contact: rugby is a physical sport
4.
of or concerned with matter and energy
5.
of or relating to physics
6.
perceptible to the senses; apparent: a physical manifestation
noun
7.
short for physical examination
adj.

early 15c., “of or pertaining to material nature” (in medicine, opposed to surgical), from Medieval Latin physicalis “of nature, natural,” from Latin physica “study of nature” (see physic). Meaning “pertaining to matter” is from 1590s; meaning “having to do with the body, corporeal” is attested from 1780. Meaning “characterized by bodily attributes or activities” is attested from 1970. Physical education first recorded 1838; abbreviated form phys ed is from 1955. Physical therapy is from 1922. Related: Physically.
n.

“a physical examination,” by 1934, from physical (adj.).

physical phys·i·cal (fĭz’ĭ-kəl)
adj.
Abbr. phys.

n.
A physical examination.phys’i·cal’i·ty (-kāl’ĭ-tē) adj.

adjective

Using the body, esp roughly or intimately: Vanderbilt is a lot better than last year and more physical (1970+)

Related Terms

get physical
see: get physical

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