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PHYSICAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does physical mean? 

PHYSICAL (adjective)
  The adjective PHYSICAL has 7 senses:

1. involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit
2. relating to the sciences dealing with matter and energy; especially physics
3. having substance or material existence; perceptible to the senses
4. according with material things or natural laws (other than those peculiar to living matter)
5. characterized by energetic bodily activity
6. concerned with material things
7. impelled by physical force especially against resistance

  Familiarity information: PHYSICAL used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PHYSICAL (adjective)


Sense 1physical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit

Context examples:

physical exercise / physical suffering / was sloppy about everything but her physical appearance

Similar:

physiologic; physiological (of or consistent with an organism's normal functioning)

personal (intimately concerning a person's body or physical being)

material (concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being)

bodily; corporal; corporeal; somatic (affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit)

animal; carnal; fleshly; sensual (marked by the appetites and passions of the body)

somatogenetic; somatogenic (of or arising from physiological causes rather than being psychogenic in origin)

Antonym:

mental (involving the mind or an intellectual process)


Sense 2physical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to the sciences dealing with matter and energy; especially physics

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

physical sciences / physical laws

Pertainym:

physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)


Sense 3physical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having substance or material existence; perceptible to the senses

Context examples:

a physical manifestation / surrounded by tangible objects

Similar:

material (derived from or composed of matter)


Sense 4physical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

According with material things or natural laws (other than those peculiar to living matter)

Context example:

a reflex response to physical stimuli

Similar:

natural (existing in or in conformity with nature or the observable world; neither supernatural nor magical)


Sense 5physical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by energetic bodily activity

Context example:

a very physical dance performance

Similar:

energetic (possessing or exerting or displaying energy)


Sense 6physical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Concerned with material things

Context examples:

physical properties / the physical characteristics of the earth / the physical size of a computer

Similar:

material (derived from or composed of matter)


Sense 7physical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Impelled by physical force especially against resistance

Synonyms:

forcible; strong-arm; physical

Context examples:

forcible entry / a real cop would get physical / strong-arm tactics

Similar:

forceful (characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical))


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