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Webster 1913 Edition


Physics

Phys′ics

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Noun.
[See
Physic
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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.
Chemistry, though a branch of general physics, is commonly treated as a science by itself, and the application of physical principles which it involves constitute a branch called chemical physics, which treats more especially of those physical properties of matter which are used by chemists in defining and distinguishing substances.

Webster 1828 Edition


Physics

PHYS'ICS

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Noun.
s as z. In its most extensive sense, the science of nature or of natural objects, comprehending the study or knowledge of whatever exists.
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In the usual and more limited sense, the science of the material system, including natural history and philosophy. This science is of vast extent, comprehending whatever can be discovered of the nature and properties of bodies, their causes, effects, affections, operations, phenomena and laws.

Definition 2021


physics

physics

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Noun

physics (uncountable)

  1. The branch of science concerned with the study of properties and interactions of space, time, matter and energy.
    • 2012 March 1, Jeremy Bernstein, “A Palette of Particles”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 146:
      The physics of elementary particles in the 20th century was distinguished by the observation of particles whose existence had been predicted by theorists sometimes decades earlier.
    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. 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.

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Noun

physics

  1. plural of physic

Verb

physics

  1. third-person singular simple present indicative form of physic