physical process


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Noun1.physical process - a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states; "events now in process"; "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"
physical entity - an entity that has physical existence
phenomenon - any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
chelation - (medicine) the process of removing a heavy metal from the bloodstream by means of a chelate as in treating lead or mercury poisoning
dealignment - a process whereby voters are moved toward nonpartisanship thus weakening the structure of political parties
decrease, decrement - a process of becoming smaller or shorter
degeneration, devolution - the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality
evolution, development - a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage); "the development of his ideas took many years"; "the evolution of Greek civilization"; "the slow development of her skill as a writer"
economic process - any process affecting the production and development and management of material wealth
encapsulation - the process of enclosing (as in a capsule)
instruction execution, execution - (computer science) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer
human process - a process in which human beings are involved
increment, growth, increase - a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of population"
industrial process - a systematic series of mechanical or chemical operations that produce or manufacture something
irreversible process - any process that is not reversible
looping, iteration - (computer science) executing the same set of instructions a given number of times or until a specified result is obtained; "the solution is obtained by iteration"
iteration, loop - (computer science) a single execution of a set of instructions that are to be repeated; "the solution took hundreds of iterations"
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
functioning, performance, operation - process or manner of functioning or operating; "the power of its engine determines its operation"; "the plane's operation in high winds"; "they compared the cooking performance of each oven"; "the jet's performance conformed to high standards"
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms
photography - the process of producing images of objects on photosensitive surfaces
processing - preparing or putting through a prescribed procedure; "the processing of newly arrived immigrants"; "the processing of ore to obtain minerals"
reversible process - any process in which a system can be made to pass through the same states in the reverse order when the process is reversed
sensitisation, sensitization - (psychology) the process of becoming highly sensitive to specific events or situations (especially emotional events or situations)
defining, shaping - any process serving to define the shape of something
variation - the process of varying or being varied
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Cold water shock is a physical process that causes the victim to Gasp, Hyperventilate, Increase Heart Rate, Lose Muscle Strength, Drown.
Smith explained that the researchers attributed the observation/model discrepancy to "a physical process that is not currently considered by the models: water retention in ice." Sunlight melts not only the sheet's surface, but also some of the ice underneath, which causes that ice to become porous and capture some the meltwater before it flows to the ocean.
Reaction calorimetry provides the thermomechanical and kinetic fundamentals of a chemical reaction or physical process by measuring the heat released under process-like conditions.
"Physical process leads the food encapsulation technology market with the largest share in 2015"
It has a dozen laboratories, including a brand new scanning electron microscope, an ultrasonic lab, a physical process modelling lab and additional labs where metallurgists and materials scientists can test steel and find inclusions that are less than the width of a hair.
That is to say, whatever else the activity of abstraction may be, it cannot be a physical process. The argument itself is reduced by Ross to a simple syllogism: (1) "Our thinking can be of a definite abstract form (for instance, N x N = [N.sup.2])." (2) "No physical process can be the whole of such thinking." Therefore, "no physical process can be the whole of such thinking." In his defense of these premises, Ross appeals to what he says are two of the most treasured philosophical discoveries of modern times, namely, Quine's discovery of the underdetermination of hypotheses by data, and Kripke's discovery of the indeterminacy of the physical.
Food irradiation is a safe, cool and physical process and (unlike chemical treatments) leaves no residues in the treated foods.
Company's palm oil is refined by a patented physical process, which allows it to produce a virgin oil free of chemical additives.
"By examining the oscillation between my memory's psychological understanding and the physical process of the creative present, I attempt to integrate my inner cerebral reality with the outside world.
Most of the products that you use every day have probably been through some form of chemical or physical process on their way to you.
"When a woman carries a baby a biological and physical process is triggered in her body and mind," she explains.

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