Physical definition

fĭzĭ-kəl
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Of or according to the laws of nature.
adjective
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The definition of physical is things that are of nature or of the body.

An example of physical is plantlife growing in the ground.

An example of physical is someone confined to a wheelchair because of disabilities.

adjective
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A physical examination.
noun
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A physical examination.
noun
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Of nature and all matter; natural; material.
adjective
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A general medical examination.
noun
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Associated with the sciences such as chemistry and physics that deal with nonliving things such as energy and matter, rather than the sciences such as biology and physiology that deal with living organisms. So, a radio circuit is physical, even though it is not tangible.
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Of natural science or natural philosophy.
adjective
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Something that exists in the reality of the material world, rather than in logic, as an idea or notion. Something physical is tangible and can be seen and touched. A physical circuit, for example, might consist of metal, glass, or plastic.
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Physical is defined as a general medical check up.

An example of physical is going for an annual exam with a doctor.

noun
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Preoccupied with bodily or sexual pleasures; carnal.
adjective
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(slang) Involving or characterized by violence.
adjective
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Having a physiological basis or origin.

A physical craving for an addictive drug.

adjective
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Having to do with the body.

Are you feeling any physical effects?

adjective
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Having to do with the material world.

It's not so much a physical place as a state of mind.

adjective
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Involving bodily force.

This team plays a very physical game, so watch out.

adjective
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Having to do with physics.

The substance has a number of interesting physical properties.

adjective
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Shakespeare.

Is Brutus sick? and is it physical / To walk unbraced, and suck up the humours / Of the dank morning?

adjective
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Physical examination.

How long has it been since your last physical?

noun
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Involving or characterized by vigorous or forceful bodily activity.

Physical aggression; a fast and physical dance performance.

adjective
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Of the body as opposed to the mind.

Physical exercise.

adjective
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Of or marked by aggressive or rough play, activity, etc.
adjective
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Relating to material things.

A wall that formed a physical barrier; the physical environment.

adjective
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Relating to matter and energy or the sciences dealing with them, especially physics.
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Having a physiological basis or origin.

A physical craving for an addictive drug.

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Involving or characterized by vigorous or forceful bodily activity.

Physical aggression; a fast and physical dance performance.

adjective
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(slang) Involving or characterized by violence.
adjective
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Of or relating to material things.

A wall that formed a physical barrier; the physical environment.

adjective
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Of or relating to matter and energy or the sciences dealing with them, especially physics.
adjective
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Of or relating to the body.
adjective
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Involving sexual interest or activity.

A physical attraction; physical intimacy.

adjective
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Relating to the body.
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Involving sexual interest or activity.

A physical attraction; physical intimacy.

adjective
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Of, or produced by the forces of, physics.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
physical
Plural:
physicals

Origin of physical

  • Middle English phisical medical from Medieval Latin physicālis from Latin physica physics physics

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition