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adjective     physical pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    relating to your body rather than your mind

    The emotional and physical strain of the previous day had left him exhausted.

    Depressed people often complain of physical symptoms such as headaches.

    children who have physical disabilities

    physical violence

    hard physical work

  2. 2
    able to be seen, touched, or felt

    There was little physical evidence linking the suspects with the crime.

    1. a.
      not digital

      Today, in the Internet age, physical dictionaries seem laughably unnecessary.

      Do you want a physical keyboard on your smartphone?

  3. 3
    existing in the real world, rather than in someone’s imagination

    a physical impossibility

    the physical universe

  4. 4
    relating to the way that someone or something looks
    physical appearance/characteristics:

    She is obsessed with her physical appearance.

  5. 5
    used about activities that involve people touching or hitting each other a lot

    Water polo is a very physical game.

    physical contact (=touching):

    There was very little physical contact between the mother and her children.

    1. b.
      a physical person touches people a lot, either in a friendly or a rough way

      Children tend to be very physical.

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