Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The science of matter and energy and of interactions between the two, grouped in traditional fields such as acoustics, optics, mechanics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism, as well as in modern extensions including atomic and nuclear physics, cryogenics, solid-state physics, particle physics, and plasma physics.
  • n. Physical properties, interactions, processes, or laws: the physics of supersonic flight.
  • n. Archaic The study of the natural or material world and phenomena; natural philosophy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The branch of science concerned with the study of properties and interactions of space, time, matter and energy.
  • n. Of or pertaining to the physical aspects of a phenomenon or a system, especially those studied in physics.
  • n. Plural form of physic.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of physic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science of nature, or of natural objects; that branch of science which treats of the laws and properties of matter, and the forces acting upon it; especially, that department of natural science which treats of the causes (as gravitation, heat, light, magnetism, electricity, etc.) that modify the general properties of bodies; natural philosophy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Natural philosophy; experimental philosophy; the science of the principles operative in inorganic nature; the science of forces or forms of energy. ; ;

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the physical properties, phenomena, and laws of something
  • n. the science of matter and energy and their interactions

Etymologies

From Latin physica, from Greek (ta) phusika, from neuter pl. of phusikos, of nature; see physics.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek φυσικός (phusikos, "natural") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The undetected "god particle" in physics is the Higgs boson, I would postulate the "god particle" in the search for OOL is intelligence, not any mechanism we see in operation today ….

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  • The problem with much of the popular work done in physics is that you only can get the real picture, if you already know what they are talking about.

    Objections to Kaku and Liu’s “How to Time Travel?”

  • All we do in physics is make observations and formulate mathematical models based in these observations that can be used to predict future observations.

    Victor Stenger: The Grand Accident

  • John Bahcall received his BA in physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1956 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1961.

    CV of John N. Bahcall

  • Lise Meitner (1878-1968) was an Austrian-born Jew who became only the second woman to earn a doctorate in physics from the University of Vienna.

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  • They arrive at the seemingly logical but erroneous conclusion that success in physics is unattainable unless you are a white male, and so they leave the field.

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  • Merminga ultimately came the United States, where she earned masters degrees in physics and mathematics, and a PhD in physics from the University of Michigan.

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  • His legacy in physics is continued in his influence on a vast number of students, and their students in turn.

    Wolfram Blog : 2008 : April

  • He got a B.S. in physics from the University of Rochester in 1985 and an M.S. in computer science from American University two years later.

    Homeland Insecurity

  • The difficulty which inheres in this postulate is the unquestioned fact that all motion in nature follows certain immutable _laws_*, [* These laws, so far as known, form the basis of what we call physics and chemistry.] and _the origin of these laws_ is not accounted for by the theory.

    Evolution An Investigation and a Critique

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