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

physical scientist noun

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The findings come from a survey published on 26 June by British scientific societies that spoke to more than 600 people working in academia, industry and schools — the largest such study worldwide in the physical sciences (see ‘LGTB+ experiences’). Elizabeth Gibney, Scientific American, "Discrimination Drives LGBT+ Scientists to Think About Quitting," 29 June 2019 In their research—which also looked at the fields of statistics, political science, life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering—economics had the largest gender-promotion gap by a wide margin. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "Economics needs to do more than attract women to solve its gender problem," 11 June 2019 The garden seeks to function as a practical lab for environmental education and the physical sciences, so the event will feature a nature tour and a honey tasting. Dakota Kim, Sunset, "The Best Public Gardens in the West Will Make You Glad to Be Alive in 2019," 22 Jan. 2018 The risk of underemployment is lowest among most graduates in engineering and computer science, mathematics, and the physical sciences. Michelle Weise, Washington Post, "First jobs matter: Avoiding the underemployment trap," 1 June 2018 After graduating with dual degrees in math and physical science, she was hired to work at Langley in 1951. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of 'Hidden Figures' and the Women Who Crunched the Numbers for NASA," 3 Feb. 2017 The mission program includes 250 experiments in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology. Fox News, "Trio of astronauts blast off to international space station," 7 June 2018 The office is the nation’s leading funder of the physical sciences, and supports a fleet of facilities used extensively by academic and commercial researchers. Science News Staff, Science | AAAS, "Trump to nominate Chris Fall, neuroscientist and policy veteran, to lead DOE Science," 18 May 2018 Only have 40 desks, when all are present, one sits at teacher’s desk, the other two sit on the floor (Wake) 44 students American History I (Onslow) 45 kids in physical science. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Ants, termites, outdated or no textbooks: It’s about more than a paycheck for fed-up teachers in North Carolina," 11 May 2018

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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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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

Other Words from physical science

physical scientist noun

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