• IPA: /ˈfɪzɪk/


  1. Relating to or concerning existent materials; physical.


  1. (archaic, countable) A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic or purgative.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 34:
      Nor can thy shame give physic to my grief.
    • 1609, King James Version, Sirach 18:19:
      Learn before thou speak, and use physick or ever thou be sick.
  2. (archaic, uncountable) The art or profession of healing disease; medicine.
  3. (archaic, uncountable) Natural philosophy; physics.
  4. (obsolete) A physician.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 147:
      Desire is death, which physic did except.

physic (physics, present participle physicking; past and past participle physicked)

  1. (transitive) To cure#Verb|cure or heal.
    • 1637, Tho[mas] Heywood, “Ivpiter and Io”, in Pleasant Dialogves and Dramma’s, Selected ovt of Lucian, Erasmus, Textor, Ovid, &c. […], London: Printed by R. O[ulton] for R. H[earne], and are to be sold by Thomas Slater […], OCLC 5060642 ↗, page 170 ↗:
      Wouldſt thou not haue ſome Bulchin from the herd / To phyſicke thee of this venereall itch?
  2. (transitive) To administer medicine to, especially a purgative.

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