physical

adjective
phys·​i·​cal | \ ˈfi-zi-kəl How to pronounce physical (audio) \

Definition of physical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of or relating to natural science
b(1) : of or relating to physics
(2) : characterized or produced by the forces and operations of physics
2a : 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
3a : 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

physical

noun

Definition of physical (Entry 2 of 2)

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Adjective

physicalness \ ˈfi-​zi-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce physicalness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for physical

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

material, physical, corporeal, phenomenal, sensible, objective mean of or belonging to actuality. material implies formation out of tangible matter; used in contrast with spiritual or ideal it may connote the mundane, crass, or grasping. material values physical applies to what is perceived directly by the senses and may contrast with mental, spiritual, or imaginary. the physical benefits of exercise corporeal implies having the tangible qualities of a body such as shape, size, or resistance to force. artists have portrayed angels as corporeal beings phenomenal applies to what is known or perceived through the senses rather than by intuition or rational deduction. scientists concerned with the phenomenal world sensible stresses the capability of readily or forcibly impressing the senses. the earth's rotation is not sensible to us objective may stress material or independent existence apart from a subject perceiving it. no objective evidence of damage

Examples of physical in a Sentence

Adjective The program is designed to address both physical and emotional health. No physical contact with other players is allowed in the game. He has an unusual physical appearance. There was no physical evidence of the crime. Their relationship was purely physical.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Protagonist Lionel Essrog, who has Tourette syndrome, narrates Lethem’s book, enveloping readers in Lionel’s physical and mental experience with the disorder. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "7 books to read this Oscar season before you see the movie," 21 Nov. 2019 These events offer opportunities to tap into physical and mental strength by overcoming extreme challenges. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "What you need to know before signing up for a Tough Mudder or Spartan race," 19 Nov. 2019 Tai Chi Qigong Classes: Ancient Chinese gentle movements, may be suitable for all ages as well as all physical and medical conditions. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 18 Nov. 2019 Knowing how much Alaskans love their animals, and with firsthand experience treating working dogs for both physical and mental trauma, the McPecks wanted to build a veterinary practice unlike any other in the state. Anchorage Daily News, "MAKING IT: A new vision for veterinary care in Alaska," 15 Nov. 2019 That also partially stemmed from the fact that, according to a memo sent on Tuesday to all 32 teams, the NFL offices had previously received multiple inquiries this season about Kaepernick’s physical and mental readiness to play. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "From Jay-Z's involvement to Roger Goodell's actions: How Colin Kaepernick's NFL workout materialized and what's next," 14 Nov. 2019 Awakening responses that are too high or too low are associated with poor physical and mental health. Brad Ridout, Quartz, "Seven ways to deal with smartphone stress," 13 Nov. 2019 Selena Gomez has been open about her experience with lupus and her kidney transplant as a result, and the impact it's had on her physical and mental health. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Said Body Shaming After Lupus-Related Weight Gain Caused Her to Take Social Media Break," 12 Nov. 2019 Imagine practicing the same routine, over and over, building physical and mental stamina, practicing for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a competition that happens every four years. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "‘Like training for a marathon’: St. Paul chef prepares to represent the US in Bakery World Cup," 7 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Erlewine looks forward to Trigger’s semiannual physicals. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Willie Nelson’s 50-year Love Affair with Trigger, His Faithful Guitar," 23 Nov. 2019 His 2018 physical showed that Trump, at 6-foot 3-inches tall, had a body mass index of 29.9 last year, which places him in the overweight category on the verge of obesity, which is defined as a BMI of 30 or greater. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Trump goes to Walter Reed National Medical Center for 'portions' of annual physical exam," 17 Nov. 2019 Nick Nutter, who wrestled for OSU from 1992 to 1997, said he too had been groped repeatedly by Strauss during physicals. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, "News anchor Mike Avery says he, too, was a victim of Dr. Richard Strauss at Ohio State," 3 Oct. 2019 Does not need any physical topping up A lead-acid battery cannot be refurbished, so an e-rickshaw owner typically returns it to the vendor once the battery has run its life. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Ola’s electric mobility dreams get real," 18 Sep. 2019 Fleckenstein says that rabid fanbases and the collector's market are key components for physical's future. Ed Christman, Billboard, "There's Still Money in Plastics: Big Sellers From Taylor Swift & Tool Have Labels Rethinking CD Strategies," 16 Sep. 2019 His 80 physical and 76 pace will bully almost any striker on the game. SI.com, "FIFA 20: 90min's Best Cheap Starter Squad for Ultimate Team," 18 Sep. 2019 Bednar said former elite prospect Valeri Nichushkin reported to training game and went through physicals and testing Saturday. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Tyson Jost has found more support and has big plans for himself, the Avs," 15 Sep. 2019 Some school districts already require physicals for band students, although few if any do in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "New UIL rule means Texas band students must march to doctor for a physical before Aug. 1," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of physical

Adjective

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for physical

Adjective

Middle English phisicale medical, from Medieval Latin physicalis, from Latin physica

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The first known use of physical was in 1580

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24 Nov 2019

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“Physical.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/physical?src=search-dict-box. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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More Definitions for physical

physical

adjective
How to pronounce physical (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of physical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

physical

noun

English Language Learners Definition of physical (Entry 2 of 2)

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

physical

adjective
phys·​i·​cal | \ ˈfi-zi-kəl How to pronounce physical (audio) \

Kids Definition of physical

1 : of the body : bodily A stallion with a wonderful physical perfection …— Walter Farley, The Black Stallion
2 : existing in a form that can be touched or seen physical objects
3 : of or relating to physics

Other Words from physical

physically adverb

physical

adjective
phys·​i·​cal | \ ˈfiz-i-kəl How to pronounce physical (audio) \

Medical Definition of physical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having material existence : perceptible especially through the senses and subject to the laws of nature
2a : of or relating to physics
b : characterized or produced by the forces and operations of physics
3 : of or relating to the body

Other Words from physical

physically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce physically (audio) \ adverb

physical

noun

Medical Definition of physical (Entry 2 of 2)

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