from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. Of or pertaining to physic, or the art of medicine; medicinal; curative; healing; also, cathartic; purgative.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)