physical

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physical (comparative more physical, superlative most physical)

  1. Having to do with the body.
    Are you feeling any physical effects?
  2. Having to do with the material world.
    • John Stuart Mill
      Labour, in the physical world, is [] employed in putting objects in motion.
    • Macaulay
      A society sunk in ignorance, and ruled by mere physical force.
    • 2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8837, page 74: 
      In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result.
    It's not so much a physical place as a state of mind.
  3. Involving bodily force.
    This team plays a very physical game, so watch out.
  4. Having to do with physics.
    • 2012 January 1, Michael Riordan, “Tackling Infinity”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 1, page 86: 
      Some of the most beautiful and thus appealing physical theories, including quantum electrodynamics and quantum gravity, have been dogged for decades by infinities that erupt when theorists try to prod their calculations into new domains. Getting rid of these nagging infinities has probably occupied far more effort than was spent in originating the theories.
    The substance has a number of interesting physical properties.
  5. (obsolete) Relating to physic, or medicine; medicinal; curative; also, cathartic; purgative.
    • Sir T. North
      Physical herbs.
    • Shakespeare
      Is Brutus sick? and is it physical / To walk unbraced, and suck up the humours / Of the dank morning?

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physical (plural physicals)

  1. Physical examination.
    How long has it been since your last physical?

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