|1.||rare a medicine or drug, esp a cathartic or purge|
|2.||archaic the art or skill of healing|
|3.||an archaic term for physics|
|—vb , -ics, -icking, -icked|
|4.||archaic (tr) to treat (a patient) with medicine|
|[C13: from Old French fisique, via Latin, from Greek phusikē, from phusis nature]|
|1.||the branch of science concerned with the properties of matter and energy and the relationships between them. It is based on mathematics and traditionally includes mechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism, acoustics, and heat. Modern physics, based on quantum theory, includes atomic, nuclear, particle, and solid-state studies. It can also embrace applied fields such as geophysics and meteorology|
|2.||physical properties of behaviour: the physics of the electron|
|3.||archaic natural science or natural philosophy|
|[C16: from Latin physica, translation of Greek ta phusika natural things, from phusis nature]|
physic phys·ic (fĭz'ĭk)
A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic.
physics phys·ics (fĭz'ĭks)
Abbr. phys. The science of matter and energy and of interactions between the two, grouped in traditional fields such as acoustics, optics, mechanics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism, as well as in modern extensions including atomic and nuclear physics, cryogenics, solid-state physics, particle physics, and plasma physics.
Physical properties, interactions, processes, or laws.
|physics (fĭz'ĭks) Pronunciation Key