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[fiz-iks] /ˈfɪz ɪks/

noun, (used with a singular verb)
the science that deals with matter, energy, motion, and force.
[fiz-ik] /ˈfɪz ɪk/
a medicine that purges; cathartic; laxative.
any medicine; a drug or medicament.
Archaic. the medical art or profession.
Obsolete. .
verb (used with object), physicked, physicking.
to treat with or act upon as a physic or medicine.
to work upon as a medicine does; relieve or cure.
noun (functioning as sing)
the branch of science concerned with the properties of matter and energy and the relationships between them. It is based on mathematics and traditionally includes mechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism, acoustics, and heat. Modern physics, based on quantum theory, includes atomic, nuclear, particle, and solid-state studies. It can also embrace applied fields such as geophysics and meteorology
physical properties of behaviour: the physics of the electron
(archaic) natural science or natural philosophy
(rare) a medicine or drug, esp a cathartic or purge
(archaic) the art or skill of healing
an archaic term for physics (sense 1)
verb -ics, -icking, -icked
(transitive) (archaic) to treat (a patient) with medicine

1580s, “natural science,” from physic in sense of “natural science.” Also see -ics. Based on Latin physica (neuter plural), from Greek ta physika, literally “the natural things,” name of Aristotle’s treatise on nature. Specific sense of “science treating of properties of matter and energy” is from 1715.

c.1300, fysike, “art of healing, medical science,” also “natural science” (c.1300), from Old French fisike “natural science, art of healing” (12c.) and directly from Latin physica (fem. singular of physicus) “study of nature,” from Greek physike (episteme) “(knowledge) of nature,” from fem. of physikos “pertaining to nature,” from physis “nature,” from phyein “to bring forth, produce, make to grow” (cf. phyton “growth, plant,” phyle “tribe, race,” phyma “a growth, tumor”) from PIE root *bheue- “to be exist, grow” (see be). Spelling with ph- attested from late 14c. (see ph). As a noun, “medicine that acts as a laxative,” 1610s. The verb meaning “to dose with medicine” is attested from late 14c.

physics phys·ics (fĭz’ĭks)

physic phys·ic (fĭz’ĭk)
A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic.

The scientific study of matter and motion. (See mechanics, optics, quantum mechanics, relativity, and thermodynamics.)


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