adjective phys·i·cal \ˈfi-zi-kəl\

: relating to the body of a person instead of the mind

: existing in a form that you can touch or see

: involving or related to sex

Full Definition of PHYSICAL

a :  of or relating to natural science
b (1) :  of or relating to physics
(2) :  characterized or produced by the forces and operations of physics
a :  having material existence :  perceptible especially through the senses and subject to the laws of nature <everything physical is measurable by weight, motion, and resistance — Thomas De Quincey>
b :  of or relating to material things
a :  of or relating to the body <physical abuse>
b (1) :  concerned or preoccupied with the body and its needs :  carnal <physical appetites>
(2) :  sexual <a physical love affair> <physical attraction>
c :  characterized by especially rugged and forceful physical activity :  rough <a physical hockey game> <a physical player>
phys·i·cal·ly \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
phys·i·cal·ness \-kəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of PHYSICAL

  1. The program is designed to address both physical and emotional health.
  2. No physical contact with other players is allowed in the game.
  3. He has an unusual physical appearance.
  4. There was no physical evidence of the crime.
  5. Their relationship was purely physical.

Origin of PHYSICAL

Middle English phisicale medical, from Medieval Latin physicalis, from Latin physica
First Known Use: 1580

Rhymes with PHYSICAL



: a medical examination to see if a person's body is healthy

Full Definition of PHYSICAL

First Known Use of PHYSICAL

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