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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

Etymologies

Middle English phisical, medical, from Medieval Latin physicālis, from Latin physica, physics; see physics.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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