[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.
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
adjective 1. See example at (def 1).
- Physical map
noun a depiction of the identifiable landmarks on DNA, such as genes, and measured in base pairs Usage Note science
noun 1. the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury by means of physical agents, as manipulation, massage, exercise, heat, or water. noun 1. the branch of medicine devoted to the management of physical disabilities, as resulting from rheumatic disease, asthma, poliomyelitis, etc See also rehabilitation (sense 2) physical […]
- Physical memory
memory management The memory hardware (normally RAM) installed in a computer. The term is only used in contrast to virtual memory. (1996-03-23)