physicalphys‧i‧cal1 /ˈfɪzɪkəl/ ●●●S2W1AWL adjective 🔊 🔊 1body not mindBODYrelated 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.2sex a physicalrelationship involves sex rather than just friendship 🔊 My attraction to him was totally physical. 🔊 Their physical relationship had never been very good.3person informalHBHTOUCH someone who is physical likes touching people a lot 🔊 She’s a very physical person.4violentVIOLENT 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.5real/solidREAL/NOT IMAGINARY relating to realobjects that you can touch, see, or feel 🔊 the physical world around us 🔊 the physical environment 🔊 They were kept in appalling physical conditions.6naturalREAL/NOT IMAGINARY relating to or following natural laws 🔊 a physical explanation for this phenomenon7science [only before noun]HP a physical science is an area of scientific study that is related to physics 🔊 physical chemistry —physicality /ˌfɪzɪˈkæləti/ noun [uncountable] 🔊 the physicality of sport →physicallyCOLLOCATIONSnounsphysical activityWe all know about the health benefits of physical activity.physical contactThere shall be no intentional physical contact between teams.physical abuse/violenceHe had suffered physical abuse at the hands of his parents.somebody’s physical appearanceDescribe his physical appearance.physical painShe bravely endured great physical pain.physical strengthThe murder could have been committed only by a man of enormous physical strength.physical fitnessYou need to work on your physical fitness.a physical disability (=condition that makes it difficult for someone to use a part of their body properly)From birth he has suffered from severe physical disabilities.a physical defect (=a physical fault, especially one that only affects the appearance)Most babies are born without physical defects.
physical• In some cases, a physical might expose a heartmurmur.• These days the examination in my nightmare is a physical.• The game was real physical, but we withstood everything they brought at us.From Longman Business Dictionaryphysicalphys‧i‧cal /ˈfɪzɪkəl/ adjective1real and actualthe physical counting of goods in stock2ACCOUNTING related to assets that can be seen and touched, such as machines and buildings SYN TANGIBLEThey had a physical plant valued at $3,455,050 and cash reserves of $729,886.3FINANCE involving shares, bonds etc where there are CERTIFICATEs (=documents showing ownership), rather than shares etc where ownership is recorded on a computerIt’s hard to imagine that many investors would prefer having physical certificates when a computer entry seems at least as reliable.4FINANCE involving COMMODITIES (=oil, metals, farmproducts etc) for actual or immediatedelivery, rather than FUTURES (=contracts for delivery at a later date)Traders of agricultural futures contracts usually don’t take physical delivery of the underlying commodity.