physical science


Definition of physical science

: any of the natural sciences (such as physics, chemistry, and astronomy) that deal primarily with nonliving materials

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Other Words from physical science

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Examples of physical science in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During their mission, the crew will work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science., "US-Russian trio blast off on mission to space station," 10 Apr. 2021 His early preoccupation with initial cosmic conditions led Barrow to reinstate in physical science the ancient philosophical concept of teleology, which (in its various guises) takes into account final as well as initial states. Paul Davies, Scientific American, "In Memoriam: John D. Barrow," 10 Oct. 2020 The Department failed to account for the public safety intent of the National Weather Service Birmingham tweet and the distinction between physical science and social science messaging. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Commerce Inspector General says “Sharpiegate” report being blocked," 2 July 2020 During her time on the space station, Auñón-Chancellor worked on hundreds of experiments across a variety of sciences, including biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA-SpaceX launches will boost science research on the space station," 2 June 2020 At the time, America offered more opportunity than China, and like many of his peers, Chen stayed after graduation, getting a job with IBM working on physical science research. Mara Hvistendahl, Wired, "How a Chinese AI Giant Made Chatting—and Surveillance—Easy," 18 May 2020 But students were expected to master math, physical sciences, English literature and composition, and history. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, "Alexander Orr, co-founder of experimental Hawthorne School, dies at 94," 29 May 2018 In 2019, women earned less than half of all math and physical science degrees and minority students earned less than a quarter. Dana Dovey, Marie Claire, "Why Is Space Still So White?," 16 Apr. 2020 Expedition 63 astronauts are researching biology, earth science, physical sciences, human research and biology at the ISS. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Astronauts Head to Space Amid Coronavirus Pandemic (Video)," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of physical science

1705, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of physical science was in 1705

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16 Apr 2021

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“Physical science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of physical science

: an area of science that deals with materials that are not alive and the ways in which nonliving things work

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Medical Definition of physical science

: any of the natural sciences (as physics, chemistry, and astronomy) that deal primarily with nonliving materials

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