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

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

Examples of physics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1988, Ko Jimmy was studying physics at Rangoon Arts & Sciences University, now the University of Yangon, as protests flared around the country after a snap decision by the ruling party that made many bank notes worthless. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 26 July 2022 In 1988, Ko Jimmy was studying physics at Rangoon Arts and Sciences University, now the University of Yangon, as protests flared around the country after a snap decision by the ruling party that made many bank notes worthless. Brian Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2022 But my frustration is not just with the game itself—at its core are still wonderful physics that translate to engaging handling, whether that's with a steering wheel or a controller. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 22 July 2022 One course teaches science through sports: Students learn physics by studying the propulsion of throwing different objects such as a football or discus. oregonlive, 17 July 2022 Yet a third frontier of AI lies in unblocking traditional fields, not just physics, but chemistry, medicine, and engineering. Stephen Ibaraki, Forbes, 12 July 2022 Previous efforts to teach intuitive physics to AI by incorporating varying degrees of built-in or acquired physical knowledge into the system have achieved mixed success. Dana G. Smith, Scientific American, 11 July 2022 Surprisingly, no difference was noted between the groups assigned positive self-talk and those who listened to Hawking’s musings on physics, suggesting that distraction is just as good as cheerleading. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 7 July 2022 Since its inception in 1901, there have been nearly 1,000 recipients of the Nobel Prizes honoring achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology, or medicine, literature, and the advancement of peace. The Christian Science Monitor, 21 June 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/physics. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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

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noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
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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