phys·​i·​cal·​ly ˈfi-zi-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce physically (audio)
: 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
: 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

Examples of physically in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seven bullets stayed in the magazine and 16 children were physically uninjured (though their mental scars from seeing the shooting may last a lifetime) because his weak pull on the trigger jammed the gun on the first shot, according to the grand jury report. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2024 Only with the invention of the Football would the order to launch nuclear weapons—and the ability to physically arm them—come from the president alone. Annie Jacobsen, TIME, 11 Apr. 2024 The surveillance must instead focus on foreigners who are physically located overseas. Condé Nast, WIRED, 10 Apr. 2024 Though Parsons and Bialik's cameo will be the first time any of the original cast members will physically appear in the prequel series, Parsons narrated the show for all seven seasons and Bialik has previously co-narrated as Amy in two episodes. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2024 Two games later, their true selves have once again emerged, This is a team with two physically unreliable superstars. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024 Many soldiers had been wounded at least once; the intensity of assault missions, however, could be more psychically than physically taxing. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 The week is considered among the most physically taxing for the 87-year-old and came this year as concerns have mounted about his health. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2024 During the pre-opening rehearsal period, Finke has been physically getting into character as the role of the bicycling Annie prescribes. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of physically was circa 1528

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“Physically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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