[fiz-i-kuh l] /ˈfɪz ɪ kəl/
of or relating to the body:
of or relating to that which is material:
the physical universe; the physical sciences.
noting or pertaining to the properties of matter and energy other than those peculiar to living matter.
pertaining to the physical sciences, especially .
a physical attraction.
tending to touch, hug, pat, etc.; physically demonstrative:
a physical person.
requiring, characterized by, or liking rough physical contact or strenuous physical activity:
Football is a physical sport.
(commerce) commodities that can be purchased and used, as opposed to those bought and sold in a futures market Also called actuals
of or relating to the body, as distinguished from the mind or spirit
of, relating to, or resembling material things or nature: the physical universe
involving or requiring bodily contact: rugby is a physical sport
of or concerned with matter and energy
of or relating to physics
perceptible to the senses; apparent: a physical manifestation
short for physical examination
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.
“a physical examination,” by 1934, from physical (adj.).
physical phys·i·cal (fĭz’ĭ-kəl)
A physical examination.phys’i·cal’i·ty (-kāl’ĭ-tē) adj.
Using the body, esp roughly or intimately: Vanderbilt is a lot better than last year and more physical (1970+)
see: get physical
noun 1. any of the natural sciences dealing with inanimate matter or with energy, as physics, chemistry, and astronomy. 2. these sciences collectively. noun 1. any of the sciences concerned with nonliving matter, energy, and the physical properties of the universe, such as physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology Compare life science physical science Any of […]
- Physical sequential
file format (PS, QSAM, Queued Sequential Access Method) The simplest data set on an IBM mainframe. Sequential files can only be read or written from the beginning: they do not support random access. [Why “Queued”?] (2003-12-05)
- Physical sign
physical sign n. Any of various signs that are elicited by auscultation, percussion, or palpation.
- Physical theater
noun a type of theatrical performance which emphasizes physical expression as the primary conveyor of dramatic meaning; also written physical theatre Examples Physical theater may have little spoken content.