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Definition of physics

1 : a science that deals with matter and energy and their interactions
2a : the physical processes and phenomena of a particular system
b : the physical properties and composition of something

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For more than 20 years, the beauty company has honored female scientists across the globe in fields including chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science during the annual L’Oréal-UNESCO International Award For Women in Science. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "L'Oréal Honors Mathematician Ingrid Daubechies for Her Contributions to the STEM Field," 14 Mar. 2019 The greatest names in British physics, astronomy and mathematics attended, though not Einstein himself, who remained in Berlin. Andrew Robinson, WSJ, "The Experiment That Made Einstein Famous," 14 Feb. 2019 Its most valuable tool was basic research: Bell’s scientists spent years probing the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, metallurgy, magnetism, and more in their search for discoveries that could be monetized. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 Kenneth Chang has been at The Times since 2000 writing about physics, geology, chemistry, and the planets. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps Up on the Ryugu Asteroid," 25 June 2018 Similarly, in physics, space and time (spacetime) can move and change, and this is manifested by the shape of the orbits that the planets and stars follow. Smithsonian, "Andean Solstice Celebrations Capture the Wondrous Churn of Spacetime," 22 June 2018 The staff see patterns that are harder for an algorithm to quantify, reminders that there is more than just numbers, physics, and chemistry at work. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Changing How Special Ops Fighters Are Trained," 12 Feb. 2019 So scientists have to rely on their knowledge of physics and chemistry for an explanation. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 The problem is simply physics and the speed of light. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Nvidia disses the Radeon VII, vowing the RTX 2080 will crush AMD's ‘underwhelming’ GPU," 9 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of physics

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for physics

Latin physica, plural, natural science, from Greek physika, from neuter plural of physikos of nature, from physis growth, nature, from phyein to bring forth — more at be

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physics

noun

English Language Learners Definition of physics

: a science that deals with matter and energy and the way they act on each other in heat, light, electricity, and sound

physics

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phys·​ics | \ ˈfi-ziks How to pronounce physics (audio) \

Kids Definition of physics

: a science that deals with the facts about matter and motion and includes the subjects of mechanics, heat, light, electricity, sound, and the atomic nucleus
phys·​ics | \ ˈfiz-iks How to pronounce physics (audio) \

Medical Definition of physics

: a science that deals with matter and energy and their interactions in the fields of mechanics, acoustics, optics, heat, electricity, magnetism, radiation, atomic structure, and nuclear phenomena

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