Definitions for physicsˈfɪz ɪks

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

phys•ics*ˈfɪz ɪks(n.)

  1. the science that deals with matter, energy, motion, and force.

    Category: Physics

* (used with a sing. v.).

Origin of physics:

1580–90

Princeton's WordNet

  1. physics, natural philosophy(noun)

    the science of matter and energy and their interactions

    "his favorite subject was physics"

  2. physics, physical science(noun)

    the physical properties, phenomena, and laws of something

    "he studied the physics of radiation"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. physics(noun)ˈfɪz ɪks

    the science studying the laws of the forces found in nature

    nuclear physics; the physics of light

Wiktionary

  1. physics(Noun)

    The branch of science concerned with the study of properties and interactions of space, time, matter and energy.

    Newtonian physics was extended by Einstein to explain the effects of travelling near the speed of light; quantum physics extends it to account for the behaviour of atoms.

  2. physics(Noun)

    Of or pertaining to the physical aspects of a phenomenon or a system, especially those studied in physics.

    The physics of car crashes would not let Tom Cruise walk away like that.

  3. physics(Noun)

    Plural form of physic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Physics(noun)

    the science of nature, or of natural objects; that branch of science which treats of the laws and properties of matter, and the forces acting upon it; especially, that department of natural science which treats of the causes (as gravitation, heat, light, magnetism, electricity, etc.) that modify the general properties of bodies; natural philosophy

Freebase

  1. Physics

    Physics is a part of natural philosophy and a natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force. More broadly, it is the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the universe behaves. Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines, perhaps the oldest through its inclusion of astronomy. Over the last two millennia, physics was a part of natural philosophy along with chemistry, certain branches of mathematics, and biology, but during the Scientific Revolution in the 17th century, the natural sciences emerged as unique research programs in their own right. Physics intersects with many interdisciplinary areas of research, such as biophysics and quantum chemistry, and the boundaries of physics are not rigidly defined. New ideas in physics often explain the fundamental mechanisms of other sciences, while opening new avenues of research in areas such as mathematics and philosophy. Physics also makes significant contributions through advances in new technologies that arise from theoretical breakthroughs. For example, advances in the understanding of electromagnetism or nuclear physics led directly to the development of new products which have dramatically transformed modern-day society, such as television, computers, domestic appliances, and nuclear weapons; advances in thermodynamics led to the development of industrialization; and advances in mechanics inspired the development of calculus.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Physics

    The study of those aspects of energy and matter in terms of elementary principles and laws. (From McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th ed)

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'physics' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3609

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'physics' in Nouns Frequency: #1962


Translations for physics

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

physics(noun singular)

the study of natural phenomena such as heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism etc but not usually chemistry or biology

Physics is his main subject at university.

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