Definition of physically in English:

physically

adverb

  • 1In a manner relating to the body as opposed to the mind.

    ‘physically demanding work’
    ‘I found her physically attractive’
    • ‘Their purpose may be better read as a contrast to the guests, both physically in terms of dress and appearance, and socially, in terms of education and decorum.’
    • ‘This was an extremely awkward time in her life, both physically and as an actress.’
    • ‘He is physically and financially depleted and at the mercy of health officials who treat him like a criminal.’
    • ‘In his sickest film, a group of teenagers exploit and abuse the physically dysfunctional.’
    • ‘The dingo physically resembles the pariah dog of India.’
    • ‘He delivers a perfectly understated and physically nuanced performance as the 'other man' in the love triangle.’
    • ‘The wealthy, physically buff, and orphaned British aristocrat lives for high adventure, scouring the globe for lost tombs and forgotten treasures.’
    • ‘There's nothing physically wrong with him.’
    • ‘This overwhelming aesthetic anxiety in our culture may send people who are seen as physically different into an inferior role in society.’
    • ‘His transformation is startling, both emotionally and physically.’
    1. 1.1 In a way that involves bodily contact or activity.
      ‘he physically assaulted a colleague’
      • ‘Elders suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other cognitive impairments can sometimes physically strike out at a worker.’
      • ‘The person isn't constrained by what he can physically carry.’
      • ‘The next thing she remembers, her teenage son appeared at the door, physically pried her away, and helped her home.’
      • ‘He solves the murder and liberates the suspect by physically catching the villain.’
      • ‘Historically, when seekers could not physically go on such journeys, there were simulated pilgrimages close to home.’
      • ‘The monks were inhumanly strong and physically unstoppable.’
      • ‘I'd aim to complete eight reps on my own, which meant pushing until I physically could not budge the weight another inch.’
      • ‘You can only participate in this collective act by physically standing in the exact place others have stood.’
      • ‘She was abandoned by her mother at birth and physically abused by her grandfather.’
      • ‘He was physically beaten for refusing to follow orders.’
  • 2In a way that relates to the real world and things perceived through the senses as opposed to the mind.

    ‘cyberspace is a virtual place; it does not physically exist’
    • ‘It does not matter whether those stars physically exist or not.’
    • ‘What is the difference between what exists physically and what is experienced mentally, and how is this difference known and accounted for?’
    • ‘What you describe is an isotropic antenna, which exists only in theory and cannot exist physically.’
    • ‘The federal government is going to build 50 exchanges, using a data hub that doesn't exist physically.’
    • ‘The coin doesn't exist physically—it is a virtual currency that exists only as a computer file.’
    • ‘If you take Alfred away from Bruce Wayne, Batman still exists physically but not mentally.’
    • ‘An object has no meaning unless we can prove that it once existed physically.’
    • ‘Those statements that refer to the physically real do not founder on any univocal coordinate transformation.’
    • ‘This is a translation of the idea, the creation of a metaphor for something that does not exist physically.’
    • ‘How could we exist physically in the mind of God?’
    1. 2.1 In terms of what is possible in the real world.
      ‘it is physically impossible to check every car’
      • ‘The students are charged with ascertaining whether a particular legend is even medically or physically possible.’
      • ‘A physically unlikely but formally rational connection can be made, joining an assembly of body parts into a single image.’
      • ‘Apparently, some people do a lot of research into whether or not some of the things they try to do are physically possible.’
      • ‘The reproducibility of land was physically improbable and entailed prohibitively high marginal costs in all but exceptional circumstances.’
      • ‘Is it possible physically to be handcuffed behind your back and somehow pull the trigger on a gun you weren't holding when you were handcuffed?’
      • ‘The perpetual use of opiates is almost impossible physically.’
      • ‘The dancer who jumps highest, turns fastest, or splits legs into the most physically improbable position is the best.’
      • ‘He said such mind-over-matter theories have nothing to do with why fire-walking is physically possible.’
      • ‘In his peer review, he considered that this process was physically unlikely in dewatered shales.’
      • ‘This would push the limits of what is possible physically, technically, and operationally.’

Pronunciation

physically

/ˈfɪzɪkli/