physical science


physical science
noun
the physical properties, phenomena, and laws of something (Freq. 3)
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he studied the physics of radiation

Syn: ↑physics
Hypernyms: ↑natural science
Hyponyms: ↑acoustics

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noun
: the natural sciences (as mineralogy, astronomy, meteorology, geology) that deal primarily with nonliving materials — compare biology

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1. any of the natural sciences dealing with inanimate matter or with energy, as physics, chemistry, and astronomy.
2. these sciences collectively.
[1835-45]

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physical science UK US noun [countable] [singular physical science plural physical sciences]
sciences such as geography and physics that deal with things that are not alive. Sciences such as biology that deal with things that are alive are called life sciences .
Thesaurus: general areas of studyhyponym

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physical science,
1. physics.
2. physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, and other sciences dealing with inanimate matter.

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noun, pl ⋯ -ences [count]
: an area of science that deals with materials that are not alive and the ways in which nonliving things work
— usually plural

physical sciences such as physics, chemistry, and astronomy

compare life science

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ˌphysical ˈscience [physical science] noun uncountable (also the physical sciences plural)
the areas of science concerned with studying natural forces and things that are not alive, for example physics and chemistry

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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