physically

adverb phys·i·cal·ly \ ˈfi-zi-k(ə-)lē \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of physically

1 : in a physical manner : in accord with physical laws
  • It seemed that such long distance flights would be physically impossible without a highly energy-efficient form of soaring.
  • —Henri Weimerskirch
2 : in respect to the body
  • a physically demanding job
  • Just two weeks before his death, Belushi was physically ejected from an L.A. convenience store at 2 a.m. when he insisted on buying liquor after hours.
  • —Peter Carlson
  • I loved it; but I was physically exhausted when I walked out of that studio on Sunday nights …
  • —Brent Musberger

First Known Use of physically

circa 1528

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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