phys·i·cal /ˈfɪzɪkəl/ 形容詞
實體 形體 物理
1. Of or pertaining to nature (as including all created existences); in accordance with the laws of nature; also, of or relating to natural or material things, or to the bodily structure, as opposed to things mental, moral, spiritual, or imaginary; material; natural; as, armies and navies are the physical force of a nation; the body is the physical part of man.
Labor, in the physical world, is . . . employed in putting objects in motion. --J. S. Mill.
A society sunk in ignorance, and ruled by mere physical force. --Macaulay.
2. Of or pertaining to physics, or natural philosophy; treating of, or relating to, the causes and connections of natural phenomena; as, physical science; physical laws. “Physical philosophy.”
3. Perceptible through a bodily or material organization; cognizable by the senses; external; as, the physical, opposed to chemical, characters of a mineral.
4. Of or pertaining to physic, or the art of medicine; medicinal; curative; healing; also, cathartic; purgative. [Obs.] “Physical herbs.”
Is Brutus sick? and is it physical
To walk unbraced, and suck up the humors
Of the dank morning? --Shak.
Physical astronomy, that part of astronomy which treats of the causes of the celestial motions; specifically, that which treats of the motions resulting from universal gravitation.
Physical education, training of the bodily organs and powers with a view to the promotion of health and vigor.
Physical examination Med., an examination of the bodily condition of a person.
Physical geography. See under Geography.
Physical point, an indefinitely small portion of matter; a point conceived as being without extension, yet having physical properties, as weight, inertia, momentum, etc.; a material point.
Physical signs Med., the objective signs of the bodily state afforded by a physical examination.
adj 1: involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit;
"physical exercise"; "physical suffering"; "was sloppy
about everything but her physical appearance" [ant: mental]
2: relating to the sciences dealing with matter and energy;
especially physics; "physical sciences"; "physical laws"
3: having substance or material existence; perceptible to the
senses; "a physical manifestation"; "surrounded by
tangible objects" [syn: tangible, touchable]
4: according with material things or natural laws (other than
those peculiar to living matter); "a reflex response to
5: characterized by energetic bodily activity; "tennis is an
active sport"; "a very physical dance performance" [syn: active]
6: concerned with material things; "physical properties"; "the
physical characteristics of the earth"; "the physical size
of a computer"
7: impelled by physical force especially against resistance;
"forcible entry"; "a real cop would get physical";
"strong-arm tactics" [syn: forcible, strong-arm]