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Definitions of physical

  1. impelled by physical force especially against resistance; " forcible entry"; " a real cop would get physical"; " strong- arm tactics"
  2. relating to the sciences dealing with matter and energy; especially physics; " physical sciences"; " physical laws"
  3. having substance or material existence; perceptible to the senses; " a physical manifestation"; " surrounded by tangible objects"
  4. concerned with material things; " physical properties"; " the physical characteristics of the earth"; " the physical size of a computer"
  5. characterized by energetic bodily activity; " tennis is an active sport"; " a very physical dance performance"
  6. according with material things or natural laws ( other than those peculiar to living matter); " a reflex response to physical stimuli"
  7. involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit; " physical exercise"; " physical suffering"; " was sloppy about everything but her physical appearance"
  8. Physically.
  9. Of or pertaining to nature ( as including all created existences); in accordance with the laws of nature; also, of or relating to natural or material things, or to the bodily structure, as opposed to things mental, moral, spiritual, or imaginary; material; natural; as, armies and navies are the physical force of a nation; the body is the physical part of man.
  10. Perceptible through a bodily or material organization; cognizable by the senses; external; as, the physical, opposed to chemical, characters of a mineral.
  11. Relating to nature or natural science; material as opposed to moral or spiritual; pertaining to the body; as, physical weakness.
  12. Pertaining to nature or natural objects: pertaining to material things: known to the senses: pertaining to the body.
  13. Pertaining to nature or material things; corporeal.
  14. Relating to the material universe or to the bodily life of man; corporeal; material.
  15. Pertaining to nature, natural productions, or material things; pertaining to physics; perceptible by the senses.
  16. Pert. to nature or natural productions; pert. to the body or material things; perceptible to the senses; external.

Usage examples for physical

  1. Behmen's system, in fact, shows us the inside of things, while modern physical science is content with looking at the outside. – A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II) by Augustus de Morgan
  2. No physical thing could have entered there. – The Tree of Life by Catherine Lucille Moore
  3. And the sight of his condition, moral and physical, terrified her. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  4. And strangely enough the victory won was far more a moral than a physical one. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  5. At last the Doctor said: " The girl's physical perfection is wonderful. – Rose of Dutcher's Coolly by Hamlin Garland
  6. Stephen's physical nerves were far more sensitive than his brain, and had the girl been a woman of the half- world, or even of the world, she could have succeeded. – Six Women by Victoria Cross
  7. Perhaps it's because they're physical themselves. – The Prairie Wife by Arthur Stringer
  8. Then I caught a glimpse of one detail and all physical fear fell away from me. – The Portal of Dreams by Charles Neville Buck
  9. The physical excitement was just what he wanted, and in a few minutes he was leading the field, with only the master by his side, and Captain Westover a few yards behind. – A Monk of Cruta by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  10. Physical science and the Catholic Church! – The Ball and The Cross by G.K. Chesterton
  11. At that moment her eyes saw nothing physical. – Betty Zane by Zane Grey
  12. The heavy air of the ship hit him with physical force. – Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet by Harold Leland Goodwin
  13. " Mrs. Pitts," began Kennedy, " I suppose you are aware of the physical condition of your husband?" – The Dream Doctor by Arthur B. Reeve
  14. And light is a physical cause bringing forth certain definite effects. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  15. The voices beat upon Barbara's ears with physical pain. – Flower of the Dusk by Myrtle Reed
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