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Topic: PHYSICS

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: physicalis, from Latin physica; PHYSICS

physical

1 adjective
     
phys‧i‧cal1 S2 W1
1

body not mind

related to someone's body rather than their mind or emotions [↪ mental, emotional]:
She was in constant physical pain.
the physical and emotional needs of young adults
people with severe physical disabilities
Don't be put off by his physical appearance.
He was obsessed with physical fitness.
2

sex

a physical relationship involves sex rather than just friendship:
My attraction to him was totally physical.
Their physical relationship had never been very good.
3

person

informalHBH someone who is physical likes touching people a lot:
She's a very physical person.
4

violent

involving touching someone in a rough or violent way:
Football can be a very physical game.
I was a bit worried that the argument might become physical.
5

real/solid

relating to real objects that you can touch, see, or feel:
the physical world around us
the physical environment
They were kept in appalling physical conditions.
6

natural

relating to or following natural laws:
a physical explanation for this phenomenon
7

science

[only before noun]HP a physical science is an area of scientific study that is related to physics:
physical chemistry
physicality noun [uncountable]
the physicality of sport
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