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- physics:  Physics comes ultimately from Greek phúsis ‘nature’, a derivative of phúein ‘bring forth, cause to grow’. The science of studying the natural world was hence phusiké epistémē ‘knowledge of nature’, and phusiké, turned into a noun, passed into English via Latin physica and Old French fisique as fisike. By now its meaning had shifted from ‘natural science’ to ‘medicine’, a sense preserved in the now archaic physic  and in the derivative physician , and the modern plural form, which restores the original meaning, was a direct translation of Greek tà phusiká ‘the physics’, the title of Aristotle’s writings on natural science. Physique  was borrowed from French.
- physics (n.)
- 1580s, "natural science," from physic in sense of "natural science." Also see -ics. Based on Latin physica (neuter plural), from Greek ta physika, literally "the natural things," name of Aristotle's treatise on nature. Specific sense of "science treating of properties of matter and energy" is from 1715.
- 1. Physics isn't just about pure science with no immediate applications.
- 2. On balance, the book is a friendly, down-to-earth introduction to physics.
- 3. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1985.
- 4. He was the top student in physics.
- 5. I wasn't too keen on physics and chemistry.
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