Physical geography

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, 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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Physical geography — geography ge*og ra*phy, n.; pl. {Geographies}. [F. g[ e]ographie, l. geographia, fr. Gr. ?; ge a, gh^, the earth + ? description, fr. ? to write, describe. 1. The science which treats of the world and its inhabitants; a description of the earth,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • physical geography — ► NOUN ▪ the branch of geography concerned with natural features …   English terms dictionary

  • physical geography — n. the study of the features and nature of the earth s solid surface and oceans, atmosphere and climate, distribution of plant and animal life, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Physical geography — For other uses, see Physiographic regions of the world. True color image of the Earth s surface and atmosphere. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center image. Physical geography (also known as geosystems or physiography) is one of the two major… …   Wikipedia

  • physical geography — physical ge ography noun uncount the type of geography that deals with things such as mountains and rivers, rather than political geography, which deals with things such as countries and towns …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • physical geography — physical ge ography n [U] the study of the Earth s surface and of its rivers, mountains etc …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • physical geography — noun Date: 1774 geography that deals with the exterior physical features and changes of the earth …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • physical geography — noun The subfield of geography that studies physical patterns and processes of the Earth. It aims to understand the forces that produce and change rocks, oceans, weather, and global flora and fauna patterns. Syn: geosystems, physiography …   Wiktionary

  • physical geography — branch of geography that deals with the physical characteristics of the earth s surface …   English contemporary dictionary

  • physical geography — noun the study of physical features of the earth s surface • Syn: ↑physiography • Hypernyms: ↑geography, ↑geographics …   Useful english dictionary

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