I. adjective Etymology: Middle English phisicale medical, from Medieval Latin physicalis, from Latin physica Date: 1580 1. a. of or relating to natural science b. (1) of or relating to physics (2) characterized or produced by the forces and operations of physics 2. a. having material existence ; perceptible especially through the senses and subject to the laws of nature <
everything physical is measurable by weight, motion, and resistance — Thomas De Quincey
b. of or relating to material things <
labor, in the physical world, is…employed in putting objects in motion — J. S. Mill
3. a. of or relating to the body <
physical abuse
b. (1) concerned or preoccupied with the body and its needs ; carnal <
physical appetites
(2) sexual <
a physical love affair
physical attraction
c. characterized by especially rugged and forceful physical activity ; rough <
a physical hockey game
a physical player
Synonyms: see materialphysically adverbphysicalness noun II. noun Date: 1934 physical examination

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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