phys·​ics | \ ˈfi-ziks \

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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As physics and open-world gameplay become more advanced, comic characters’ powers are easier to replicate on the screen, and open-world game play has allowed players to explore the actual worlds of these heroes. Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018 Liu approaches the story with the same interest in physics and technology as his other books, and highlights the dangers that power and technology can bring. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Led by Adrian Melott, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas, the study proposes that a supernova, or perhaps a whole bunch of them, may be to blame. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Exploding Stars Might Have Brought an End to the Prehistoric Megalodon," 14 Dec. 2018 Calahan, a 2014 graduate of Maine South High School, majored in physics and astronomy at the university and is now studying astronomy in the Netherlands. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Shout Out: Jenny Calahan, Maine South grad, student of astronomy," 3 July 2018 Tom Solomon is professor of physics and astronomy at Bucknell University. Tom Solomon, Washington Post, "GPAs don’t really show what students learned. Here’s why.," 15 June 2018 This, combined with the 2011 analysis, suggests that Pollock relied heavily on physics when painting. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 Scientist comb through the reams of data looking for previously unknown physics signatures that hopefully increase our understanding of the world and beyond. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The Large Hadron Collider Is Going Offline So It Can Become More Powerful," 6 Dec. 2018 This was a very obvious question from a physics standpoint. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Recode Decode," 2 Nov. 2018

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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

noun
phys·​ics | \ ˈfi-ziks \

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 \

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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