One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1treated as singular The branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. The subject matter of physics includes mechanics, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms.
- ‘The subjects being offered include biology, computing, physics, chemistry and mathematics.’
- ‘One of the models and/or concepts used excessively in physics is the potential energy well.’
- ‘One of the most contentious subjects in modern physics has been quantum mechanics.’
- ‘He began by stating that patterns of energy are nature's basic information system and that physics is about energy and matter.’
- ‘In making these points, Edwards had the backing of the mechanistic and deterministic Newtonian physics of his day.’
- 1.1 The physical properties and phenomena of something.‘the physics of plasmas’
- ‘String theory is supposed to contain the physics of the quantum behavior of gravity.’
- ‘It generates naturally within the model, tropical cyclones, as a result of the physics and the dynamics included in the model.’
- ‘The analogy of surface waves propagating on a body of water may be helpful in understanding the physics of sound propagation.’
- ‘The second challenge is rooted in the physics of magnetized plasma flow.’
- ‘At present this picture forms the focus of interest in the physics of elementary particles.’
Late 15th century (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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