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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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Epstein got a job in his early 20s teaching math and physics at The Dalton School, a college prep school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Janna Herron And Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "From private island to private jet: What is 'billionaire' Jeffrey Epstein's net worth?," 14 July 2019 The American moon effort had been the natural product of a century of engineering and physics. David Shribman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: 50 years after Apollo 11, the moon’s allure still resonates," 11 July 2019 Clara Moskowitz is Scientific American's senior editor covering space and physics. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, "Come One, Come All: Building a Moon Village," 10 July 2019 From his childhood in Bangladesh, Rahman was always drawn toward math and physics. Shannon Larson,, "'The true pursuit of happiness’: 60 Connecticut residents become US citizens at Yard Goats naturalization ceremony," 4 July 2019 The real heroes of Rocket Men are math and physics. Dallas News, "Books examine the courage and scientific know-how that propelled us to the moon," 1 July 2019 Instead of distorting time like in Quantum Break or Max Payne, Control's hero, Jesse, bends the rules of space and physics with her superpowers. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Control pre-E3 hands-on: The modern-day X-Men video game we’ve always wanted," 3 June 2019 This is making me question everything: science, physics, my life, my choices. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "People Have a Lot of Questions About the Sinks in Kim Kardashian’s House, Including Me," 17 Apr. 2019 With the end of the Vietnam and Cold wars, Jason members began to branch out from physics and engineering. Ann Finkbeiner, Science | AAAS, "Jason—a secretive group of Cold War science advisers—is fighting to survive in the 21st century," 27 June 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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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


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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