physics

[ fiz-iks ]
/ ˈfɪz ɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the science that deals with matter, energy, motion, and force.

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Origin of physics

First recorded in 1580–90; see origin at physic, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for physics

physics
/ (ˈfɪzɪks) /

noun (functioning as singular)

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

Word Origin for physics

C16: from Latin physica, translation of Greek ta phusika natural things, from phusis nature
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Medical definitions for physics

physics
[ fĭzĭks ]

n.

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.
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Scientific definitions for physics

physics
[ fĭzĭks ]

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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Cultural definitions for physics

physics

The scientific study of matter and motion. (See mechanics, optics, quantum mechanics, relativity, and thermodynamics.)

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