When something is physical it's really there. You can see it, touch it, taste it, hear it, or smell it. The physical world is all of the stuff around you.

When your doctor performs a physical, he or she is checking out your physical self. They're probably going to take your temperature, draw blood and listen to your heart and lungs. You may be asked a mental health question or two, but they're not going to ask you how you feel about God or what the meaning of life is. In physical education, you do physical activity. You move your body to make it healthier.

Definitions of physical
  1. adjective
    involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit
    physical exercise”
    physical suffering”
    “was sloppy about everything but her physical appearance”
    animal, carnal, fleshly, sensual
    marked by the appetites and passions of the body
    bodily, corporal, corporeal, somatic
    affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
    concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being
    intimately concerning a person's body or physical being
    physiologic, physiological
    of or consistent with an organism's normal functioning
    somatogenetic, somatogenic
    of or arising from physiological causes rather than being psychogenic in origin
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    involving the mind or an intellectual process
    intellectual, noetic, rational
    of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind
    psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect
    psychic, psychical
    affecting or influenced by the human mind
    mental or emotional rather than physiological in origin
    mental or emotional as opposed to physical in nature
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  2. adjective
    characterized by energetic bodily activity
    “a very physical dance performance”
    possessing or exerting or displaying energy
  3. adjective
    having substance or material existence; perceptible to the senses
    “a physical manifestation”
    derived from or composed of matter
  4. adjective
    according with material things or natural laws (other than those peculiar to living matter)
    “a reflex response to physical stimuli”
    existing in or in conformity with nature or the observable world; neither supernatural nor magical
  5. adjective
    concerned with material things
    physical properties”
    “the physical characteristics of the earth”
    “the physical size of a computer”
    derived from or composed of matter
  6. adjective
    impelled by physical force especially against resistance
    synonyms: forcible, strong-arm
    characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical)
  7. adjective
    relating to the sciences dealing with matter and energy; especially physics
    physical sciences”
    physical laws”
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