physics, natural philosophy(noun)
the science of matter and energy and their interactions
"his favorite subject was physics"
physics, physical science(noun)
the physical properties, phenomena, and laws of something
"he studied the physics of radiation"
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.
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.
Plural form of physic.
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
Origin: [See Physic.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fiz′iks, n.pl. used as sing. (orig.) equivalent to Physical science—i.e. the science of the order of nature: usually sig. (as distinguished from chemistry) the study of matter and the general properties of matter as affected by energy or force—also called Natural philosophy.—ns. Physicolog′ic, logic illustrated by physics; Phys′ico-theol′ogy, theology illustrated by natural philosophy. [L. physica—Gr. physikē (theōria, theory)—physis, nature.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
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
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'physics' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3609
Rank popularity for the word 'physics' in Nouns Frequency: #1962
The numerical value of physics in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of physics in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We live in a Newtonian world of Einsteinian physics ruled by Frankenstein logic.
I like the beauty of physics, nature is beautiful, it is my second soul to music.
A consistent pursuit of classical physics forces a transformation in the very heart of that physics.
It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting anything with perfect determinism because it deals with probabilities from the outset.
It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.
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Translations for physics
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- فيزياء, علوم فيزيائيةArabic
- পদার্থবিজ্ঞান, পদার্থবিদ্যাBengali
- físicaCatalan, Valencian
- भौतिक शास्त्र, फिजिक्सHindi
- fizikHaitian Creole
- 물리학, 物理學Korean
- physica, PhysicorumLatin
- mātai ahupūngaoMāori
- natuurkunde, fysicaDutch
- fysikkNorwegian Nynorsk
- ਭੌਤਿਕ ਵਿਗਿਆਨPanjabi, Punjabi
- பெளதிகம், இயற்பியல்Tamil
- liknayan, pisikaTagalog
- 物理學, vật lý họcVietnamese
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