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  2  definitions  found 
 
  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 
  gravitation. 
 
  {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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  physical 
  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;  "our 
  physical  environment";  "an  opportunity  for  children  to 
  examine  the  physical  world  around  them" 
  5:  characterized  by  energetic  bodily  activity;  "tennis  is  an 
  active  sport";  "a  very  physical  dance  performance"  [syn:  {active}] 
  6:  impelled  by  physical  force  especially  against  resistance; 
  "forcible  entry";  "a  real  cop  would  get  physical"; 
  "strong-arm  tactics"  [syn:  {forcible},  {strong-arm}] 
  7:  concerned  with  material  things  "physical  properties";  "the 
  physical  characteristics  of  the  earth";  "the  physical  size 
  of  a  computer" 




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