physical science

noun

: any of the natural sciences (such as physics, chemistry, and astronomy) that deal primarily with nonliving materials
physical scientist noun

Examples of physical science in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, Brown is directing some of this donation — about $1 million a year — toward other fundamental physical science research efforts at Caltech. Maria De Mento, Fortune, 2 Jan. 2024 The five-year, $5 million grant supports the advancement of quantum information into a new generation of computers, detectors, and materials, as well as establishing the first graduate program in the physical sciences at UAPB, according to UAPB. Ryan Anderson, arkansasonline.com, 25 Dec. 2023 In fact, many of the physical sciences—such as astronomy and particle physics—rely on it as well, and can also suffer from replication difficulties. Condé Nast, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 The physical science building is nestled in a forest, where slime molds bloom and trees tilt their leaves in obedience to their own circadian clocks. Quanta Magazine, 10 Oct. 2023 That very objective quality of the physical sciences was deemed more important, or that was my perspective. Rebecca Boyle, Scientific American, 24 July 2023 Our view of the stars and planets has been crucial to the physical sciences, to navigation, to religion, to myth. Suzannah Showler, Harper's Magazine, 14 Apr. 2022 Yet panpsychism runs counter to the majority view in both the physical sciences and in philosophy that treats consciousness as an emergent phenomenon, something that arises in certain complex systems, such as human brains. Dan Falk, Scientific American, 25 Sep. 2023 In the end, Kelly of Harvard said, the dream is to have similar courses that integrate calculus concepts in life sciences, economics, social sciences, physical sciences and engineering taught at colleges and high schools. Daniel Mollenkamp, USA TODAY, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1705, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of physical science was in 1705

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“Physical science.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/physical%20science. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

physical science

noun
: any of the natural sciences (as physics, geology, and astronomy) that deal primarily with nonliving materials

Medical Definition

physical science

noun
: any of the natural sciences (as physics, chemistry, and astronomy) that deal primarily with nonliving materials
physical scientist noun

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