physical Definition

  • 1relating to the body as opposed to the mind
  • 2involving bodily contact or activity
  • 3involving physical force; violent

Using physical: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "physical" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Physical exercise is important for maintaining good health.

  • Example

    The job requires a lot of physical labor.

  • Example

    The team's physical play led to several penalties.

  • Example

    The physical evidence supports the prosecution's case.

physical Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for physical

Idioms Using physical

  • to become aggressive or violent


    The argument almost turned physical before someone intervened.

  • in the real world, as opposed to in theory or in one's imagination


    The idea sounds good on paper, but it may not work in the physical world.

  • to undergo a medical examination


    All new employees are required to take a physical before starting work.

Phrases with physical

  • treatment of injury, disease, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery


    After her knee surgery, she went through several months of physical therapy.

  • instruction in physical exercise and games, especially in schools


    All students are required to take physical education classes.

  • a medical examination to determine a person's overall physical health


    The doctor performed a thorough physical examination.

Origins of physical

from Latin 'physicus', meaning 'of nature'


Summary: physical in Brief

The term 'physical' [ˈfɪzɪkl] refers to the body, bodily contact or activity, and physical force. It can be used to describe exercise, labor, play, and evidence. Examples include 'Physical exercise is important for maintaining good health.' and 'The team's physical play led to several penalties.' Phrases like 'physical therapy' and 'physical examination' denote medical treatments, while idioms like 'get physical' and 'take a physical' imply aggression and medical check-ups, respectively.

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