Hypertext Webster Gateway: "physical"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

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

A society sunk in ignorance, and ruled by mere
physical force. --Macaulay.

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.

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

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

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

{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

{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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit;
"physical exercise"; "physical suffering"; "was sloppy
about everything but her physical appearance" [ant: {mental}]
2: relating to the sciences dealing with matter and energy;
especially physics; "physical sciences"; "physical laws"
3: having substance or material existence; perceptible to the
senses; "a physical manifestation"; "surrounded by
tangible objects" [syn: {tangible}, {touchable}]
4: according with material things or natural laws (other than
those peculiar to living matter); "a reflex response to
physical stimuli"
5: characterized by energetic bodily activity; "tennis is an
active sport"; "a very physical dance performance" [syn: {active}]
6: concerned with material things; "physical properties"; "the
physical characteristics of the earth"; "the physical size
of a computer"
7: impelled by physical force especially against resistance;
"forcible entry"; "a real cop would get physical";
"strong-arm tactics" [syn: {forcible}, {strong-arm}]

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