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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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Recent Examples on the Web Solutions that maintain its successes exist, but the physics community is loath to accept anything that does not feel intuitive. Leila Sloman, Scientific American, "Hubble Tension Headache: Clashing Measurements Make the Universe's Expansion a Lingering Mystery," 29 July 2019 That's a pretty far cry from asking the physics community to take its analysis on faith, as Jackson claims in the New Scientist article. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Danish physicists claim to cast doubt on detection of gravitational waves," 1 Nov. 2018 But so far none of the modified gravity theories that have been put forth have gained widespread support from the physics community. Dan Falk /, NBC News, "What is dark matter?," 7 May 2018 In 2011, three astronomers won the Nobel Prize in physics for work that relied on data gathered using Mauna Kea’s W.M. Keck Observatory. Washington Post, "Amid protest, Hawaii astronomers lose observation time," 10 Aug. 2019 One of his mentors was the Nobel laureate Paul Dirac, a legend in the rarefied world of theoretical physics. Vikram Zutshi, Quartz India, "Why do abusive men (and the women who support them) behave the way they do?," 19 July 2019 Since 1903, when Marie Curie first won the Nobel Prize, almost 600 blokes but only 19 women have taken home the coveted award in physics, chemistry or medicine. The Economist, "Why half the scientists in some eastern European countries are women," 18 July 2019 Hans van Leeuwen, a retired professor of theoretical physics who has recently published a mathematical explanation of ice skating, said. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 Malcolm Perry, a professor of theoretical physics at Cambridge and a co-author on the paper, Black Hole Entropy and Soft Hair, said the information paradox was ‘at the centre of Hawking’s life’ for more than 40 years. Fox News, "Video from 2011 creates headaches for Sinema," 12 Oct. 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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24 Oct 2019

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The first known use of physics was in 1715

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physics

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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

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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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