- any of the natural sciences dealing with inanimate matter or with energy, as physics, chemistry, and astronomy.
- these sciences collectively.
Origin of physical science
First recorded in 1835–45
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- any of the sciences concerned with nonliving matter, energy, and the physical properties of the universe, such as physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geologyCompare life science
- Any of several branches of science, such as physics, chemistry, and astronomy, that study the nature and properties of energy and nonliving matter. Compare life science.
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