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Meaning of PHYSICAL

Pronunciation:  'fizikul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  having substance or material existence; perceptible to the senses; "a physical manifestation"; "surrounded by tangible objects"
  2. [adj]  concerned with material things; "physical properties"; "the physical characteristics of the earth"; "the physical size of a computer"
  3. [adj]  impelled by physical force especially against resistance; "forcible entry"; "a real cop would get physical"; "strong-arm tactics"
  4. [adj]  characterized by energetic bodily activity; "tennis is an active sport"; "a very physical dance performance"
  5. [adj]  according with material things or natural laws (other than those peculiar to living matter); "a reflex response to physical stimuli"
  6. [adj]  involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit; "physical exercise"; "physical suffering"; "was sloppy about everything but her physical appearance"
  7. [adj]  relating to the sciences dealing with matter and energy; especially physics; "physical sciences"; "physical laws"

PHYSICAL is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: active, animal(a), bodily, carnal, corporal, corporeal, energetic, fleshly, forceful, forcible, material, natural, personal, physiologic, physiological, sensual, somatic, strong-arm, tangible, touchable
 Antonyms: mental



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Phys"ic*al\, a.
1. Of or pertaining to nature (as including all created
   existences); in accordance with the laws of nature; also,
   of or relating to natural or material things, or to the
   bodily structure, as opposed to things mental, moral,
   spiritual, or imaginary; material; natural; as, armies and
   navies are the physical force of a nation; the body is the
   physical part of man.

         Labor, in the physical world, is . . . employed in
         putting objects in motion.            --J. S. Mill.

         A society sunk in ignorance, and ruled by mere
         physical force.                       --Macaulay.

2. Of or pertaining to physics, or natural philosophy;
   treating of, or relating to, the causes and connections of
   natural phenomena; as, physical science; physical laws.
   ``Physical philosophy.'' --Pope.

3. Perceptible through a bodily or material organization;
   cognizable by the senses; external; as, the physical,
   opposed to chemical, characters of a mineral.

4. Of or pertaining to physic, or the art of medicine;
   medicinal; curative; healing; also, cathartic; purgative.
   [Obs.] ``Physical herbs.'' --Sir T. North.

         Is Brutus sick? and is it physical To walk unbraced,
         and suck up the humors Of the dank morning? --Shak.

{Physical astronomy}, that part of astronomy which treats of
   the causes of the celestial motions; specifically, that
   which treats of the motions resulting from universal

{Physical education}, training of the bodily organs and
   powers with a view to the promotion of health and vigor.

{Physical examination} (Med.), an examination of the bodily
   condition of a person.

{Physical geography}. See under {Geography}.

{Physical point}, an indefinitely small portion of matter; a
   point conceived as being without extension, yet having
   physical properties, as weight, inertia, momentum, etc.; a
   material point.

{Physical signs} (Med.), the objective signs of the bodily
   state afforded by a physical examination.

Computing Dictionary

The opposite of logical in its jargon sense. Compare real, virtual, and transparent.

It is said that what you can touch and see is real; what you can see but not touch is virtual; what you can touch but not see is transparent; and what you can neither touch nor see is probably imaginary.

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