- the science that deals with matter, energy, motion, and force.
Origin of physics
- a medicine that purges; cathartic; laxative.
- any medicine; a drug or medicament.
- Archaic. the medical art or profession.
- Obsolete. natural science.
- to treat with or act upon as a physic or medicine.
- to work upon as a medicine does; relieve or cure.
Origin of physic
Examples from the Web for physics
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Before Malala, in 1979, Dr. Abdus Salam won the Nobel Prize for Physics.Why So Many Pakistanis Hate Their Nobel Peace Prize Winner
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Despite an early focus on physics, her life changed when she became a model and began collecting couture.Tatiana Sorokko Is the Queen of Vintage Couture
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The need of man, in physics as well as in higher things, is the guide to truth.A Dish Of Orts
It is true, however, that the Timaeus is by no means confined to speculations on physics.Timaeus
There is an ethical universal or idea, but is there also a universal of physics?Parmenides
How calmly and genially the mind apprehends one after another the laws of physics!
Thus even in physics, the material is degraded before the spiritual.
- the branch of science concerned with the properties of matter and energy and the relationships between them. It is based on mathematics and traditionally includes mechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism, acoustics, and heat. Modern physics, based on quantum theory, includes atomic, nuclear, particle, and solid-state studies. It can also embrace applied fields such as geophysics and meteorology
- physical properties of behaviourthe physics of the electron
- archaic natural science or natural philosophy
- rare a medicine or drug, esp a cathartic or purge
- archaic the art or skill of healing
- an archaic term for physics (def. 1)
- (tr) archaic to treat (a patient) with medicine
Word Origin and History for physics
1580s, "natural science," from physic in sense of "natural science." Also see -ics. Based on Latin physica (neuter plural), from Greek ta physika, literally "the natural things," name of Aristotle's treatise on nature. Specific sense of "science treating of properties of matter and energy" is from 1715.
c.1300, fysike, "art of healing, medical science," also "natural science" (c.1300), from Old French fisike "natural science, art of healing" (12c.) and directly from Latin physica (fem. singular of physicus) "study of nature," from Greek physike (episteme) "(knowledge) of nature," from fem. of physikos "pertaining to nature," from physis "nature," from phyein "to bring forth, produce, make to grow" (cf. phyton "growth, plant," phyle "tribe, race," phyma "a growth, tumor") from PIE root *bheue- "to be exist, grow" (see be). Spelling with ph- attested from late 14c. (see ph). As a noun, "medicine that acts as a laxative," 1610s. The verb meaning "to dose with medicine" is attested from late 14c.
- The science of matter and energy and of interactions between the two, grouped in traditional fields such as acoustics, optics, mechanics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism, as well as in modern extensions including atomic and nuclear physics, cryogenics, solid-state physics, particle physics, and plasma physics.
- Physical properties, interactions, processes, or laws.
- A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic.
- The scientific study of matter, energy, space, and time, and of the relations between them.
- The behavior of a given physical system, especially as understood by a physical theory.