Meaning of PHYSICS in English


/ ˈfɪzɪks; NAmE / noun

[ U ] the scientific study of forces such as heat, light, sound, etc., of relationships between them, and how they affect objects :

a degree in physics

particle / nuclear / theoretical physics

the laws of physics

a school physics department

to study the physics of the electron

—see also astrophysics , geophysics



late 15th cent. (denoting natural science in general, especially the Aristotelian system): plural of obsolete physic physical (thing) , suggested by Latin physica , Greek phusika natural things from phusis nature.

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