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adjective physical pronunciation in British English /ˈfɪzɪk(ə)l/
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  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
    relating to the way that someone or something looks
    physical appearance/characteristics: She is obsessed with her physical appearance.
  4. 4
    used about activities that involve people touching or hitting each other a lot
    Rugby is a very physical game.
    physical contact (=touching): There was little physical contact between mother and children.
    1. a.
      a physical person touches people a lot, either in a friendly or a rough way
      Children tend to be very physical.
    2. b.
      used about sexual activity
      Did they have a physical relationship?
  5. 5
    existing in the real world, rather than in someones imagination
    a physical impossibility
    the physical universe


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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