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phys·i·cal

 (fĭz′ĭ-kəl)
adj.
1.
a. Of or relating to the body. See Synonyms at bodily.
b. Having a physiological basis or origin: a physical craving for an addictive drug.
c. Involving sexual interest or activity: a physical attraction; physical intimacy.
2.
a. Involving or characterized by vigorous or forceful bodily activity: physical aggression; a fast and physical dance performance.
b. Slang Involving or characterized by violence: "A real cop would get physical" (TV Guide).
3. Of or relating to material things: a wall that formed a physical barrier; the physical environment.
4. Of or relating to matter and energy or the sciences dealing with them, especially physics.
n.
A physical examination.

[Middle English phisical, medical, from Medieval Latin physicālis, from Latin physica, physics; see physics.]

phys′i·cal′i·ty (-kăl′ĭ-tē) n.
phys′i·cal·ly adv.

physical

(ˈfɪzɪkəl)
adj
1. of or relating to the body, as distinguished from the mind or spirit
2. of, relating to, or resembling material things or nature: the physical universe.
3. involving or requiring bodily contact: rugby is a physical sport.
4. (General Physics) of or concerned with matter and energy
5. (General Physics) of or relating to physics
6. perceptible to the senses; apparent: a physical manifestation.
n
(Medicine) short for physical examination
ˈphysically adv
ˈphysicalness n

phys•i•cal

(ˈfɪz ɪ kəl)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to the body.
2. of or pertaining to that which is material: the physical universe.
3. noting or pertaining to the properties of matter and energy other than those peculiar to living matter.
4. carnal; sexual: a physical attraction.
5. physically demonstrative.
6. requiring, characterized by, or liking rough physical contact or strenuous physical activity.
7. contained in or being computer hardware: a physical disk drive; physical memory contained on a chip.
n.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin physicālis concerning medicine. See physic, -al1]
phys′i•cal•ly, adv.
phys′i•cal•ness, n.
syn: physical, bodily, corporeal, corporal agree in pertaining to the body. physical means connected with or pertaining to the animal or human body as a material organism: physical strength. bodily means belonging to or concerned with the human body as distinct from the mind or spirit: bodily sensations. corporeal, a more poetic and philosophical word, refers esp. to the mortal substance of which the body is composed, as opposed to spirit: our corporeal existence. corporal is usu. reserved for reference to suffering inflicted on the human body: corporal punishment.

physical

  • physical, physician - Physical and physician come from Latin physica, "things related to nature."

physical

A unit of mass equal to 1⁄16 of the mass of an oxygen atom. 1 amu physical = 1.660 x 10-27 kg.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.physical - involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit; "physical exercise"; "physical suffering"; "was sloppy about everything but her physical appearance"
mental - involving the mind or an intellectual process; "mental images of happy times"; "mental calculations"; "in a terrible mental state"; "mental suffering"; "free from mental defects"
2.physical - relating to the sciences dealing with matter and energy; especially physics; "physical sciences"; "physical laws"
3.physical - having substance or material existencephysical - having substance or material existence; perceptible to the senses; "a physical manifestation"; "surrounded by tangible objects"
material - derived from or composed of matter; "the material universe"
4.physical - according with material things or natural laws (other than those peculiar to living matter); "a reflex response to physical stimuli"
natural - existing in or in conformity with nature or the observable world; neither supernatural nor magical; "a perfectly natural explanation"
5.physical - characterized by energetic bodily activity; "a very physical dance performance"
energetic - possessing or exerting or displaying energy; "an energetic fund raiser for the college"; "an energetic group of hikers"; "it caused an energetic chemical reaction"
6.physical - impelled by physical force especially against resistance; "forcible entry"; "a real cop would get physical"; "strong-arm tactics"
forceful - characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical); "a forceful speaker"; "a forceful personality"; "forceful measures"; "a forceful plan for peace"
7.physical - concerned with material things; "physical properties"; "the physical characteristics of the earth"; "the physical size of a computer"
material - derived from or composed of matter; "the material universe"

physical

adjective
1. corporal, fleshly, bodily, carnal, somatic, corporeal the physical problems caused by the illness
2. earthly, fleshly, mortal, incarnate, unspiritual They were still aware of the physical world around them.
3. material, real, substantial, natural, solid, visible, sensible, tangible, palpable There is no physical evidence to support the story.
4. manual, laboring They will be unable to cope with the demanding physical work.
5. sexual, carnal, base, animal, sordid, brutish, bestial No unmarried girl would dare to indulge in physical love.

physical

adjective
1. Of or relating to the human body:
2. Relating to the desires and appetites of the body:
3. Composed of or relating to things that occupy space and can be perceived by the senses:
Translations
بَدَنِيٌّجِسْمانيفحص جسديفَحْصٌ طِبِيّفيزيائي، متعلّق بظواهِر الطَّبيعَه
tělesnýzdravotní prohlídkafyzickýfyzikálníhmotný
fysiskhåndgribelighelbredsundersøgelsekropsliglægeundersøgelse
ruumiillinenfysikaalinenfyysinenkuntotarkastuslääkärintarkastus
fizičkiliječnički pregled
fizikai
áòreifanlegur, efnislegureîlisfræîilegureîlisrænnlíkamlegursamkvæmur náttúrulögmálum
健康診断身体の身体検査
검진신체검사신체의
fiziškai
fizikālsfizikas-fizisks
fyzickýfyzikálny
fizičentelesen
fysiskläkar-läkarundersökningfysikalisk
เกี่ยวกับร่างกายการเช็คร่างกายการตรวจร่างกาย
fizikselmaddeseltıpbedenîbedensel
kiểm tra sức khỏesự khám sức khoẻthuộc về thân thể

physical

[ˈfɪzɪkəl]
A. ADJ
1. (= of the body) [condition, disability, contact, violence] → físico; [punishment] → corporal
2. (= material) [properties, characteristics] → físico; [world] → material
physical environmententorno m físico
physical evidencepruebas fpl materiales
it's a physical impossibilityes materialmente imposible
his physical presence repelled hersu mera presencia le repugnaba
3. (= involving physical contact, effort) → físico
he's a very physical manes un hombre que recurre mucho al contacto físico
rugby is a very physical sportel rugby es un deporte muy físico or con mucho contacto físico
there was some very physical play from both teamshubo mucho juego duro por parte de los dos equipos
he has been ordered not to do any physical workle han dicho que no haga ninguna clase de trabajo que requiera esfuerzo físico
to get physical (sexually) → pasar al plano físico; (= be rough) → emplear la fuerza física, llegar a las manos
4. (= of physics) → físico
the physical scienceslas ciencias físicas
B. N (also physical examination) → reconocimiento m físico
C. CPD physical chemistry Nfisicoquímica f
physical education Neducación f física
physical examination Nreconocimiento m físico
physical exercise Nejercicio m (físico)
physical fitness N(buena) forma f física
a physical fitness programmeun programa de ejercicios físicos
physical geography Ngeografía f física
physical jerks NPL (Brit) → gimnasia fsing, ejercicios mpl (físicos)
physical therapist N (US) → fisioterapeuta mf
physical therapy N (US) → fisioterapia f
physical training Nentrenamiento m, ejercicio m (físico)

physical

[ˈfɪzɪkəl]
adj
[strength, problem, activity] → physique
(= sexual) [attraction, relationship] → physique
[properties, characteristics] → physique
[object, barrier, evidence] → physique
[explanation, law] → physique physical geography
n (= physical examination) → examen m médicalphysical education néducation f physiquephysical examination nexamen m médicalphysical exercise nexercice m physiquephysical fitness nforme f physiquephysical geography ngéographie f physiquephysical handicap nhandicap m physique

physical

adj
(= of the body)körperlich; abuse, violence, punishment, discomfortphysisch, körperlich; check-upärztlich; (= not psychological)physisch; you don’t take/get enough physical exerciseSie bewegen sich nicht genug; he’s very physical (inf)er ist sehr sinnlich; play got too physical (Sport inf) → das Spiel wurde zu ruppig or rabiat (inf); the physical force of the impactdie Wucht des Aufpralls; we don’t actually need your physical presenceIhre persönliche Anwesenheit ist nicht unbedingt nötig
(= sexual) love, relationshipkörperlich
(= material)physisch, körperlich; sizephysisch; worldfassbar
(= of physics) laws, propertiesphysikalisch; it’s a physical impossibilityes ist ein Ding der Unmöglichkeit
(= natural) environmentphysisch, real; conditionsphysisch
(= actual) possessionphysisch, leibhaftig

physical

:
physical chemistry
physical education
n (abbr PE) → Sport m, → Leibesübungen pl (form)
physical education college
nSporthochschule f, → Sportakademie f
physical education teacher
nSportlehrer(in) m(f)
physical fitness
physical geography
physical jerks
pl (inf)Gymnastik f

physical

:
physical science
physical therapist
n (US Med) → Physiotherapeut(in) m(f)
physical therapy
n (US Med) → Physiotherapie f
physical training
n (abbr PT) = physical education

physical

[ˈfɪzɪkl] adj
a. (of the body) → fisico/a
b. (world, object) → materiale; (of physics) → fisico/a
physical change → reazione f fisica
physical stocktaking (Comm) → inventario fisico
it's a physical impossibility → è un'impossibilità materiale

physical

(ˈfizikəl) adjective
1. of the body. Playing football is one form of physical fitness.
2. of things that can be seen or felt. the physical world.
3. of the laws of nature. It's a physical impossibility for a man to fly like a bird.
4. relating to the natural features of the surface of the Earth. physical geography.
5. relating to physics. physical chemistry.
ˈphysically adverb
physical ˈeducation noun (abbreviation)
PE; physical training (gymnastics) and sport taught as a subject at school.

physical

بَدَنِيٌّ, فحص جسدي, فَحْصٌ طِبِيّ lékařská prohlídka, tělesný, zdravotní prohlídka fysisk, helbredsundersøgelse, lægeundersøgelse ärztliche Untersuchung, körperlich ιατρική εξέταση, σωματικός examen físico, físico, reconocimiento médico, revisión médica lääkärintarkastus, ruumiillinen examen médical, physique, visite médicale fizički, liječnički pregled fisico, visita medica 健康診断, 身体の, 身体検査 검진, 신체검사, 신체의 fysiek, lichamelijk onderzoek, medisch onderzoek fysisk, helsesjekk, legeundersøkelse fizyczność, fizyczny, medyk exame físico, exame médico, físico медосмотр, физический fysisk, läkar-, läkarundersökning เกี่ยวกับร่างกาย, การเช็คร่างกาย, การตรวจร่างกาย fizik, fiziksel, tıp kiểm tra sức khỏe, sự khám sức khoẻ, thuộc về thân thể 体格检查, 身体的

phys·i·cal

a. físico-a, rel. al cuerpo y su condición;
___ examinationexamen ___;
___ fitnessacondicionamiento ___;
___ therapistterapeuta ___;
___ therapyterapia ___.

physical

adj físico; n (fam) examen físico
References in classic literature ?
No, he wasn't like that-- he was like a man who is subject to fits, one who walks among his fellow men inspiring fear because a fit may come upon him suddenly and blow him away into a strange uncanny physical state in which his eyes roll and his legs and arms jerk.
Added to this was the physical discomfort caused by the storm.
As piano-playing, it was perhaps abominable, but as music it was something real, vitalized by a sense of rhythm that was stronger than his other physical senses--that not only filled his dark mind, but worried his body incessantly.
The excessive physical charm of the Creole had first attracted her, for Edna had a sensuous susceptibility to beauty.
There are many physical as well as moral facts which corroborate this opinion, and some few that would seem to weigh against it.
For, while the physical outline and substance were darkening away from the beholder's eye, the bold, hard, and, at the same time, indirect character of the man seemed to be brought out in a kind of spiritual relief.
Indeed, so far as its physical aspect is concerned, with its flat, unvaried surface, covered chiefly with wooden houses, few or none of which pretend to architectural beauty -- its irregularity, which is neither picturesque nor quaint, but only tame -- its long and lazy street, lounging wearisomely through the whole extent of be peninsula, with Gallows Hill and New Guinea at one end, and a view of the alms-house at the other -- such being the features of my native town, it would be quite as reasonable to form a sentimental attachment to a disarranged checker-board.
Well, then, however the old sea-captains may order me about--however they may thump and punch me about, I have the satisfaction of knowing that it is all right; that everybody else is one way or other served in much the same way -- either in a physical or metaphysical point of view, that is; and so the universal thump is passed round, and all hands should rub each other's shoulder-blades, and be content.
But this intensity of his physical prostration did but so much the more abbreviate it.
In addition to all their physical hardships, there was thus a constant strain upon their minds; they were harried all day and nearly all night by worry and fear.
Shelby was a fair average kind of man, good-natured and kindly, and disposed to easy indulgence of those around him, and there had never been a lack of anything which might contribute to the physical comfort of the negroes on his estate.
Seeing the ease and security in which these people were living, I felt that this close resemblance of the sexes was after all what one would expect; for the strength of a man and the softness of a woman, the institution of the family, and the differentiation of occupations are mere militant necessities of an age of physical force; where population is balanced and abundant, much childbearing becomes an evil rather than a blessing to the State; where violence comes but rarely and off-spring are secure, there is less necessity--indeed there is no necessity--for an efficient family, and the specialization of the sexes with reference to their children's needs disappears.