physics meaning

[ 'fiziks ] Pronunciation:   "physics" in a sentence
  • Noun: physics  fiziks
    1. The science of matter and energy and their interactions
      "his favourite subject was physics"
      - natural philosophy 
    2. The physical properties, phenomena, and laws of something
      "he studied the physics of radiation"
      - physical science
    Noun: physic  fizik
    1. A purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
      - purgative, cathartic, aperient

    See also: physical, physicist

    Type of: medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine, natural science

    Encyclopedia: Physic

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  • [Electronics]
    The science of energy and matter and their interactions. Physics is subdivided into several fields, including mechanics, thermodynamics, acoustics, optics, and electricity/magnetism. Many subdivisions are within the traditional fields.

  • [Medicine]
    n pl but sing or pl in constr : a science that deals with matter and energy and their interactions in the fields of mechanics, acoustics, optics, heat, electricity, magnetism, radiation, atomic structure, and nuclear phenomena


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  1. he is bound up in the study of nuclear physics.
  2. he was awarded the nobel prize for physics.
  3. physics is very muddled again at the moment.
  4. i have only a rudimentary grasp of physics.
  5. she won her licence in physics in 1893.

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