Nearby words

  1. physiatrics,
  2. physiatrist,
  3. physiatry,
  4. physic,
  5. physic nut,
  6. physical allergy,
  7. physical anthropology,
  8. physical capital,
  9. physical change,
  10. physical chemistry

Origin of physical

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin physicālis concerning medicine. See physic, -al1

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for physicals


pl n

commerce commodities that can be purchased and used, as opposed to those bought and sold in a futures marketAlso called: actuals



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


See also physicals

Derived Formsphysically, adverbphysicalness, noun

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Word Origin and History for physicals
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Medicine definitions for physicals




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•cali•ty (-kălĭ-tē) adj.

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Idioms and Phrases with physicals


see get physical.

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