(noun, adjective)


1. having to do with the body.

- physical exercise

- physical suffering

- was sloppy about everything but her physical appearance

Similar word(s): animal, carnal, fleshly, sensual, bodily, corporal, corporeal, somatic, material, personal, physiologic, physiological, somatogenetic, somatogenic

2. relating to the sciences dealing with matter and energy; especially physics

- physical sciences

- physical laws

3. having substance or material existence; perceptible to the senses

- a physical manifestation

Similar word(s): material

4. according with material things or natural laws (other than those peculiar to living matter)

- a reflex response to physical stimuli

Similar word(s): natural

5. characterized by energetic bodily activity

- a very physical dance performance

Similar word(s): energetic

6. impelled by physical force especially against resistance

- a real cop would get physical

Similar word(s): forceful, forcible

7. concerned with material things

- physical properties

- the physical characteristics of the earth

- the physical size of a computer

Similar word(s): material

Sentences with physical as an adjective:

- Are you feeling any physical effects?

- It's not so much a physical place as a state of mind.

- This team plays a very physical game, so watch out.

- The substance has a number of interesting physical properties.


1. Physical examination.

- How long has it been since your last physical?