[ fiz-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈfɪz ɪ kəl /
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
SYNONYMS FOR physical
1 somatic; fleshly. Physical, bodily, corporeal, corporal agree in pertaining to the body. Physical indicates connected with, pertaining to, the animal or human body as a material organism: physical strength, exercise. Bodily means belonging to, concerned with, the human body as distinct from the mind or spirit: bodily pain or suffering. Corporeal, a more poetic and philosophical word than bodily, refers especially to the mortal substance of which the human body is composed as opposed to spirit: this corporeal habitation. Corporal is now usually reserved for reference to whippings and other punishments inflicted on the human body.
2 tangible, palpable.
phys·i·cal·ly, adverbphys·i·cal·ness, nounan·ti·phys·i·cal, adjectivean·ti·phys·i·cal·ly, adverb
an·ti·phys·i·cal·ness, nounnon·phys·i·cal, adjectivenon·phys·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-phys·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-phys·i·cal·ly, adverbtrans·phys·i·cal, adjectivetrans·phys·i·cal·ly, adverbun·phys·i·cal, adjectiveun·phys·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for nonphysical (1 of 2)
/ (nɒnˈfɪzɪkəl) /
not of or relating to the body or nature
not sexual; platonicintimate nonphysical friendships
British Dictionary definitions for nonphysical (2 of 2)
/ (ˈfɪzɪkəl) /
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
See also physicals
Derived Formsphysically, adverbphysicalness, noun
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Medicine definitions for nonphysical
[ fĭz′ĭ-kəl ]
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.
Related formsphys′i•cal′i•ty (-kăl′ĭ-tē) adj.
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Idioms and Phrases with nonphysical
see get physical.
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