American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit. See Synonyms at bodily.
- adj. Involving or characterized by vigorous bodily activity: a physical dance performance.
- adj. Slang Involving or characterized by violence: "A real cop would get physical” ( TV Guide).
- adj. Of or relating to material things: our physical environment.
- adj. Of or relating to matter and energy or the sciences dealing with them, especially physics.
- n. A physical examination.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to physics or natural philosophy: as, physical science;, physical law.
- Of or pertaining to material nature; in accordance with the laws of nature; relating to what is material and perceived by the senses; specifically, pertaining to the material part or structure of an organized being, as opposed to what is mental or moral; material; bodily: as, physical force; physical strength.
- External; obvious to the senses; cognizable through a bodily or material organization: as, the physical characters of a mineral: opposed to chemical. See mechanical
- Of or pertaining to physic, or the art of curing disease or preserving health, or one who professes or practises this art; of or pertaining to a physician.
- In need of physic or of a physician; sick; ill.
- Of or pertaining to the drugs or medicines used in the healing art; of use in curing disease or in preserving health; medicinal; remedial.
- Purgative; cathartic.
- Synonyms Corporal, Corporeal, etc. See bodily.
- Chemical, etc. See mechanical.
- adj. Having to do with the body.
- adj. Having to do with the material world.
- adj. Involving bodily force.
- adj. Having to do with physics.
- n. Physical examination.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. 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.
- adj. Of or pertaining to physics, or natural philosophy; treating of, or relating to, the causes and connections of natural phenomena
- adj. Perceptible through a bodily or material organization; cognizable by the senses; external.
- adj. obsolete Of or pertaining to physic, or the art of medicine; medicinal; curative; healing; also, cathartic; purgative.
- adj. according with material things or natural laws (other than those peculiar to living matter)
- adj. characterized by energetic bodily activity
- adj. concerned with material things
- adj. relating to the sciences dealing with matter and energy; especially physics
- adj. having substance or material existence; perceptible to the senses
- adj. involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit
- adj. impelled by physical force especially against resistance
- Middle English phisical, medical, from Medieval Latin physicālis, from Latin physica, physics; see physics. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The physical instrument of his mind (his brain), and also certain associated sets of muscles, must be sufficiently exercised in the _action_ of courage to build up within him the _physical structure_ of fearlessness that will be instantly responsive to a _mental attitude_ of bravery.”
“In the following cases: physical defect in the married parties, desertion without communication for five years, he said, crooking a short finger covered with hair, adultery (this word he pronounced with obvious satisfaction), subdivided as follows (he continued to crook his fat fingers, though the three cases and their subdivisions could obviously not be classified together): physical defect of the husband or of the wife, adultery of the husband or of the wife.”
“A third difficulty is this: The bird-metaphor is physical, but we see on reflection that in the _physical_ world there is no real compounding.”
“For when morals are described as a mere physical science, founded on man's organization, his interests and passions, -- when the treatise, according to its _second_ title, is professedly an attempt to expound the _physical principles of morals_, -- and when, in pursuance of this plan, all the principles of”
“Unless, therefore, a thing can exhibit properties which do not belong to it, the very admission that living matter exhibits physical properties, includes the further admission, that those _physical_ or dead properties are themselves vital in essence, really _distinct_ but in appearance only _different_; or in absolute contrast with each other.”
“The term physical anthropology is used in both parts of the world.”
“Nature, or that part of nature which we term physical environment, enters into and becomes part of the life of the savage in a way and to an extent that we can hardly conceive.”
The Cliff Ruins of Canyon de Chelly, Arizona Sixteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1894-95, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1897, pages 73-198
“Dr. William Tiller, a Professor Emeritus of materials science at Stanford, believes that human consciousness can change what we call physical reality.”
“Even what we call physical is spiritual in essence.”
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