physical science
noun Date: 1802 any of the natural sciences (as physics, chemistry, and astronomy) that deal primarily with nonliving materials • physical scientist noun

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  • 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

  • Physical science — is an encompassing term for the branches of natural science and science that study non living systems, in contrast to the biological sciences. However, the term physical creates an unintended, somewhat arbitrary distinction, since many branches… …   Wikipedia

  • physical science — Science Sci ence, n. [F., fr. L. scientia, fr. sciens, entis, p. pr. of scire to know. Cf. {Conscience}, {Conscious}, {Nice}.] 1. Knowledge; knowledge of principles and causes; ascertained truth of facts. [1913 Webster] If we conceive God s sight …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • physical science — n any of the natural sciences (as physics, chemistry, and astronomy) that deal primarily with nonliving materials physical scientist n …   Medical dictionary

  • physical science — n [U] also the physical sciences [plural] the sciences, for example ↑chemistry and ↑physics, that are concerned with studying things that are not living …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • physical science — noun count sciences such as geography and physics that deal with things that are not alive. Sciences such as biology that deal with things that are alive are called life sciences …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • physical science — n. any of the sciences that deal with inanimate matter or energy, as physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, etc …   English World dictionary

  • physical science — noun the physical properties, phenomena, and laws of something (Freq. 3) he studied the physics of radiation • Syn: ↑physics • Hypernyms: ↑natural science • Hyponyms: ↑acoustics * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • physical science — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms physical science : singular physical science plural physical sciences sciences such as geography and physics that deal with things that are not alive. Sciences such as biology that deal with things that are… …   English dictionary

  • physical science — physical sciences N COUNT: usu pl The physical sciences are branches of science such as physics, chemistry, and geology that are concerned with natural forces and with things that do not have life. ...the rapid growth of interest in both the… …   English dictionary

  • physical science — noun An encompassing term for the branches of natural science and science that study non living systems, in contrast to the biological sciences …   Wiktionary

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