- of or relating to the body: physical exercise.
- of or relating to that which is material: the physical universe; the physical sciences.
- noting or pertaining to the properties of matter and energy other than those peculiar to living matter.
- pertaining to the physical sciences, especially physics.
- carnal; sexual: a physical attraction.
- tending to touch, hug, pat, etc.; physically demonstrative: a physical person.
- requiring, characterized by, or liking rough physical contact or strenuous physical activity: Football is a physical sport.
Origin of physical
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Examples from the Web for non-physical
Royalty rates drop to the alarmingly fractional in this new “non-physical” arena.Van Dyke Parks on How Songwriters Are Getting Screwed in the Digital Age
Van Dyke Parks
June 4, 2014
But spirituality is more concerned with non-physical evolution.Ask the Big Questions
Deepak Chopra, Leonard Mlodinow
October 26, 2011
The mechanism of inheritance must either be physical or it must be non-physical; that is, immaterial.Science and Morals and Other Essays
Bertram Coghill Alan Windle
Do we not then have to supply a non-chemical, a non-physical force or factor to account for the living body?The Breath of Life
For a moment he knew genuine fear—the non-physical fear which the impalpable can awake in the bravest mind.The Kingdom Round the Corner
- of or relating to the body, as distinguished from the mind or spirit
- of, relating to, or resembling material things or naturethe physical universe
- involving or requiring bodily contactrugby is a physical sport
- of or concerned with matter and energy
- of or relating to physics
- perceptible to the senses; apparenta physical manifestation
- short for physical examination
Word Origin and History for non-physical
early 15c., "of or pertaining to material nature" (in medicine, opposed to surgical), from Medieval Latin physicalis "of nature, natural," from Latin physica "study of nature" (see physic). Meaning "pertaining to matter" is from 1590s; meaning "having to do with the body, corporeal" is attested from 1780. Meaning "characterized by bodily attributes or activities" is attested from 1970. Physical education first recorded 1838; abbreviated form phys ed is from 1955. Physical therapy is from 1922. Related: Physically.
"a physical examination," by 1934, from physical (adj.).
- Of or relating to the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit.
- Involving or characterized by vigorous bodily activity.
- Of or relating to material things.
- Of or relating to matter and energy or the sciences dealing with them, especially physics.
- A physical examination.
Idioms and Phrases with non-physical
see get physical.