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Princeton's WordNet

  1. physicallyadverb

    in accord with physical laws

    "it is physically impossible"


  1. physicallyadverb

    In a physical manner.

  2. physicallyadverb

    According to the laws of physics.

  3. physicallyadverb

    Using physical force.

  4. physicallyadverb

    According to the rules of medicine.

    He that lives physically must live miserably. uE000196525uE001 Cheyne.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Physicallyadverb

    According to nature; by natural operation; in the way or sense of natural philosophy; not morally.

    Etymology: from physical.

    Time measuring out their motion, informs us of the periods and terms of their duration, rather than effecteth or physically produceth the same. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    The outward act of worship may be considered physically and abstractly from any law, and so it depends upon the nature of the intention, and morally, as good or evil: and so it receives its denomination from the law. Edward Stillingfleet.

    Though the act of the will commanding, and the act of any other faculty, executing that which is so commanded, be physically and in the precise nature of things distinct, yet morally as they proced from one entire, free, moral agent, may pass for one and the same action. Robert South, Sermons.

    I do not say, that the nature of light consists in small round globules, for I am not now treating physically of light or colours. John Locke.


  1. physically

    Physics is the natural science that studies matter, its fundamental constituents, 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, with its main goal being to understand how the universe behaves. A scientist who specializes in the field of physics is called a physicist. 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 these and other 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.


  1. physically

    Physically refers to any actions, characteristics, processes, or attributes that pertain to the body or material world as opposed to the mind or spiritual world. It involves things that can be seen, felt, touched, or otherwise perceived through the senses. It can also relate to laws of nature or physics.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Physicallyadverb

    in a physical manner; according to the laws of nature or physics; by physical force; not morally

  2. Physicallyadverb

    according to the rules of medicine

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'physically' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4629

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'physically' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3864

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'physically' in Adverbs Frequency: #290

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of physically in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of physically in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of physically in a Sentence

  1. Dick Durbin:

    It's true that he is going through a rehabilitation. And he's making great progress physically, he feels he's 100 percent, and when it comes to expressing himself, he's making progress every day. He's running for the Senate, and I hope the people of Pennsylvania [give him] that chance.

  2. Swami Krishnananda:

    Physically you are identical with and inseparable from the cosmic material substance, and socially you are inseparable from the large mass of humanity.

  3. Patrick Michel:

    We need to keep interacting physically with those bodies because this is the only way to really determine their mechanical properties and response to external actions, images are crucial but do not give us the answer of whether they are weak or strong.

  4. Subodh Chandra:

    Loehmann, for example insists that he observed things and took action that would have been physically impossible for any human being to do in the under two seconds it took him to shoot a 12-year-old child.

  5. La Rocque:

    Their size and strength and athleticism I do think kind of wore us down, just wore us down mentally, physically, that kind of overwhelmed us in the fourth quarter.

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