What does physics mean?

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ˈfɪz ɪksphysics

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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"


  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

  2. Origin: [See Physic.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Physics

    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

  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)

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of physics in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of physics in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of physics in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Ruff:

    Legalize Physics

  2. Albert Einstein:

    Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.

  3. Richard Feynman:

    Physics is to math what sex is to masturbation.

  4. Ernest Rutherford:

    All science is either physics or stamp collecting.

  5. Terry Pratchet, The Last Continent:

    Geography is just physics slowed down, with a couple of trees stuck in it.

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