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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.

    Etymology: From φυσικός

  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.

    Etymology: From φυσικός

  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

    Etymology: [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)

Editors Contribution

  1. physics

    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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  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

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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. Driver Carl Edwards:

    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.

  2. Sir Arthur Eddington:

    It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting anything with perfect determinism because it deals with probabilities from the outset.

  3. Luca Malgeri:

    This is the million dollar question, we are wide open. After the first run of the LHC, all possibilities are equally probable for new physics.

  4. Anders Levermann:

    The sea level rise from Western Antarctica will eventually submerge Hamburg, Shanghai, New York and Hong Kong, you can't negotiate with physics: that's the dilemma here.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    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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