Physical astronomy
Physical Phys"ic*al, a. 1. Of or pertaining to nature (as including all created existences); in accordance with the laws of nature; also, of or relating to natural or material things, or to the bodily structure, as opposed to things mental, moral, spiritual, or imaginary; material; natural; as, armies and navies are the physical force of a nation; the body is the physical part of man. [1913 Webster]

Labor, in the physical world, is . . . employed in putting objects in motion. --J. S. Mill. [1913 Webster]

A society sunk in ignorance, and ruled by mere physical force. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to physics, or natural philosophy; treating of, or relating to, the causes and connections of natural phenomena; as, physical science; physical laws. ``Physical philosophy.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. Perceptible through a bodily or material organization; cognizable by the senses; external; as, the physical, opposed to chemical, characters of a mineral. [1913 Webster]

4. Of or pertaining to physic, or the art of medicine; medicinal; curative; healing; also, cathartic; purgative. [Obs.] ``Physical herbs.'' --Sir T. North. [1913 Webster]

Is Brutus sick? and is it physical To walk unbraced, and suck up the humors Of the dank morning? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Physical astronomy}, that part of astronomy which treats of the causes of the celestial motions; specifically, that which treats of the motions resulting from universal gravitation.

{Physical education}, training of the bodily organs and powers with a view to the promotion of health and vigor.

{Physical examination} (Med.), an examination of the bodily condition of a person.

{Physical geography}. See under {Geography}.

{Physical point}, an indefinitely small portion of matter; a point conceived as being without extension, yet having physical properties, as weight, inertia, momentum, etc.; a material point.

{Physical signs} (Med.), the objective signs of the bodily state afforded by a physical examination. [1913 Webster]


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  • Physical astronomy — Astronomy As*tron o*my, n. [OE. astronomie, F. astronomie, L. astronomia, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? astronomer; asth r star + ? to distribute, regulate. See {Star}, and {Nomad}.] 1. Astrology. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Not from the stars do I my judgment… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • physical astronomy — noun : celestial mechanics * * * physical astronomy noun The study of the physical condition and chemical composition of the heavenly bodies • • • Main Entry: ↑physical …   Useful english dictionary

  • Physical — Phys ic*al, a. 1. Of or pertaining to nature (as including all created existences); in accordance with the laws of nature; also, of or relating to natural or material things, or to the bodily structure, as opposed to things mental, moral,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Physical education — Physical Phys ic*al, a. 1. Of or pertaining to nature (as including all created existences); in accordance with the laws of nature; also, of or relating to natural or material things, or to the bodily structure, as opposed to things mental, moral …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Physical examination — Physical Phys ic*al, a. 1. Of or pertaining to nature (as including all created existences); in accordance with the laws of nature; also, of or relating to natural or material things, or to the bodily structure, as opposed to things mental, moral …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Physical geography — Physical Phys ic*al, a. 1. Of or pertaining to nature (as including all created existences); in accordance with the laws of nature; also, of or relating to natural or material things, or to the bodily structure, as opposed to things mental, moral …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Physical point — Physical Phys ic*al, a. 1. Of or pertaining to nature (as including all created existences); in accordance with the laws of nature; also, of or relating to natural or material things, or to the bodily structure, as opposed to things mental, moral …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Physical signs — Physical Phys ic*al, a. 1. Of or pertaining to nature (as including all created existences); in accordance with the laws of nature; also, of or relating to natural or material things, or to the bodily structure, as opposed to things mental, moral …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Astronomy — As*tron o*my, n. [OE. astronomie, F. astronomie, L. astronomia, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? astronomer; asth r star + ? to distribute, regulate. See {Star}, and {Nomad}.] 1. Astrology. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck; And yet …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • physical science — physical scientist. 1. any of the natural sciences dealing with inanimate matter or with energy, as physics, chemistry, and astronomy. 2. these sciences collectively. [1835 45] * * * Introduction       the systematic study of the inorganic world …   Universalium

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