a usually reversible change in the physical properties of a substance, as size or shape:Freezing a liquid is a physical change.
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How to use physical change in a sentence
Every mental experience has physical causes, and physical changes in your body often have mental consequences, thanks to your predicting brain.
The card’s drivers will detect cryptocurrency mining activities automatically and scale down the performance without any actual physical changes to the card itself.Nvidia’s latest effort to fix the graphics card shortage takes aim at crypto miners | Stan Horaczek | February 19, 2021 | Popular-Science
The only process that exists is to add sites undergoing physical change to the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger.Preserving cultural and historic treasures in a changing climate may mean transforming them | Erin Seekamp | November 22, 2020 | Washington Post
When you learned that my name is David, there’s a physical change in the structure of your brain.Your Brain Makes You a Different Person Every Day - Issue 91: The Amazing Brain | Steve Paulson | October 14, 2020 | Nautilus
The possibilities for physical change have never been greater.Transgender, Transhuman: Technological Advances Offer Increased Choices But Also Create New Prejudices | LGBTQ-Editor | April 9, 2020 | No Straight News
The fact that she should be subjected to such scrutiny over a barely perceptible physical change is an absurd waste of media ink.Hey, Ashley Judd: I’m Puffy From Cosmetic Surgery—And Proud of It | Samantha Marshall | April 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Like his teenage counterpart, the dad-olescent is dealing with dramatic physical change, but for the worse.
Variation itself is quite peculiar, and as far removed from any physical change as is possible to conceive.
Naturally there was no physical change, but in some inexplicable way she felt that an inward light was quenched.A Son of Perdition | Fergus Hume
Dowie had not been one of those who had seen the gradual development of the physical change in her.Robin | Frances Hodgson Burnett
Now red sandstone is an infallible mark of rapid deposition, and therefore of active physical change.The Story of the Earth and Man | J. W. Dawson
And now with horror I suddenly realized that a physical change had marched alongside the fluctuations of our temper.Greener Than You Think | Ward Moore