Definition of microphysics in US English:


plural noun

  • treated as singular The branch of physics that deals with bodies and phenomena on a microscopic or smaller scale, especially with molecules, atoms, and subatomic particles.

    • ‘See Peter Galison's Image and Logic for a detailed analysis of the transforming effects of the introduction of new techniques and new technologies in the field of microphysics in the 20th century.’
    • ‘So now we have three simple areas of physical science: life, astrophysics, microphysics.’
    • ‘We do it by taking the same approach to microphysics.’
    • ‘What we see in the sky now are remnants of very, very early microphysics.’
    • ‘Tell me when the senses have ever seen a principle of nuclear microphysics.’
    • ‘How is it that microphysics is time-reversible, yet macroscopic systems show increasing entropy?’
    • ‘In the realm of microphysics, where we have strong (but still contestable) evidence of indeterminism, our ordinary causal notions do not easily apply.’
    • ‘Microphysics, for example, is a perfect expression of this: All of microphysics is based on things which are efficient, which determine our power to exist, especially today, but which exist beyond the power of our senses to detect.’
    • ‘Moreover, the truth at which science aims need not be a single, rock-bottom order of things, as defined, for example, by microphysics.’
    • ‘We could never predict this coding on the basis of biochemistry or microphysics alone.’
    • ‘Given the claims about microphysics it is vital for Green's argument that the real causation can only be found at the microlevel.’
    • ‘Nuclear power is a result of man's understanding, and discovery, of principles of what are called microphysics.’