physic-, physico-, physi-, physio-, phy-
(Greek: nature, natural, inborn [to make grow, to produce])
2. A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic.
3. A purging medicine that stimulates evacuation of the bowels.
4. To cure or heal.
5. To treat with or as if with medicine.
2. Existing in the real material world, rather than as an idea or notion, and able to be touched and seen; physical evidence.
3. Involving or needing a lot of bodily strength or energy; hard physical work. 4. Involving a lot of bodily contact or aggression: "Some of the players were a little too physical."
5. Tending to touch people or involving touching; especially, in an affectionate or sexual way.
6. A description of sciences; such as, physics and chemistry both of which deal with nonliving things such as energy and matter.
7. Of or relating to matter and energy or the sciences dealing with them, especially physics.
8. Informal, or slang, usage: a physical examination, get "physical" with exercise, etc.
Another slang usage of "physical" as expressed in a popular 1981 song.
2. In terms of what is real or what exists in the material world, as opposed to what is theoretical or exists only in the mind; as, "physically possible".
2. A doctor who practices general medicine with diagnoses and treatments of diseases and injuries using methods other than surgery.
3. A person who heals or exerts a healing influence.
2. When used as a plural form with a plural verb: physical properties, interactions, processes, or laws; such as, "The physics of astronomy have become more important."
Physics traditionally incorporates: acoustics, mechanics, optics, electromagnetism, electromagnetism, thermodynamics; and now also includes modern disciplines; such as, quantum mechanics, relativity, cryogenics, solid-state physics, particle physics, plasma physics, and nuclear physics.
2. Government according to natural laws or principles.
2. One of a school of political economists founded by François Quesnay in France in the 18th century. They maintained that society should be governed according to an inherent natural order, that the soil is the sole source of wealth and the only proper object of taxation, and that security of property and freedom of industry and exchange are essential.
2. Of or pertaining to physiocracy or the physiocrats.