physics, natural philosophynoun
the science of matter and energy and their interactions
"his favorite subject was physics"
physics, physical sciencenoun
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.
Etymology: From φυσικός
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.
Etymology: From φυσικός
Plural form of physic.
Physics (from Ancient Greek: φυσική (ἐπιστήμη), romanized: physikḗ (epistḗmē), lit. 'knowledge of nature', from φύσις phýsis 'nature') is the natural science that studies matter, its motion and behavior through space and time, and the related entities of energy and force. Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines, and its main goal is to understand how the universe behaves.Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines and, through its inclusion of astronomy, perhaps the oldest. Over much of the past two millennia, physics, chemistry, biology, and certain branches of mathematics were a part of natural philosophy, but during the Scientific Revolution in the 17th century these natural sciences emerged as unique research endeavors 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 studied by other sciences and suggest new avenues of research in academic disciplines such as mathematics and philosophy. Advances in physics often enable advances in new technologies. For example, advances in the understanding of electromagnetism, solid-state physics, and nuclear physics led directly to the development of new products that 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.
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
Etymology: [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)
A type of science with the study of facets and interaction of space, time, matter and energy.
Physics is a very interesting subject.Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020
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The numerical value of Physics in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of Physics in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
I can't think that it would be terrible of me to say — and it is occasionally true — that I need physics more than friends.
It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting anything with perfect determinism because it deals with probabilities from the outset.
When you think of it on the physics level, to get a ton of anything up in the air with one explosion takes quite a bit of thinking.
You can take any part of the car and talk about how it was engineered and why it's designed the way it is to interact with the rest of the race car, and there's a physics or a math or a science lesson in any of that.
I still remember two life-sized marble statues of two great scientists in the corridor of Manchester Town Hall, which I saw many years ago. One of them is of John Dalton, the founder of modern Chemistry and the Atomic Theory, while the second statue is of James Prescott Joule, the founder of modern Physics and the discoverer of the Law of Conservation of Energy. I consider myself very fortunate to be the student of the University of Manchester, the home of great scientists, Dalton and Joule. And most importantly, I am proud to be the recipient of Dalton Chemical Research Scholarship that enabled me to obtain my Ph.D. I am thankful to The University of Manchester as much as to John Dalton's Trust Foundation, for the greatest educational experience of my life.
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- فيزياء, علوم فيزيائيةArabic
- পদার্থবিজ্ঞান, পদার্থবিদ্যাBengali
- físicaCatalan, Valencian
- physique, la physiqueFrench
- 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 học, vật lýVietnamese
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