- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Wordsreal, substantial, natural, environmental, personal, visceral, bodily, concrete, corporeal, gross, materialistic, objective, palpable, phenomenal, ponderable, sensible, solid, visible, somatic, brute
Examples from the Web for physical
Also, she was tall and thin, too, further adding to the ways she met the physical beauty conventions.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
But this physical involvement, or lack of it, is only part of the problem.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
If the operation caused no physical damage, it would be in bounds.
That means any response that could result in physical damage inside North Korea is off the table.
I return home after several days in the hospital and start thrice weekly physical therapy.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
The physical facts couldn't be denied, and beyond the physical facts I could discern nothing.
I am not condemning the physical alleviation of pain or the progress of physical science.
Physical pain has always been one of the great sources of fear.
I have said that the dominant thinking of our age is materialistic, and by that I mean also physical.
It is a question of physical vision, with spiritual comprehension.
- 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 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 physical
see get physical.