Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “physical”

physical

adjective
 
 
/ˈfɪzɪkəl/
relating to things you can see or touch: Payments for actual physical goods are not the only items involved in international trade.
ACCOUNTING, FINANCE used to describe assets that can be seen and touched, for example buildings or equipment: Companies must raise capital for physical assets.
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to describe commodities (= substances or products that can be traded) that can be bought and delivered immediately: physical commodities such as wheat, cotton, rice, and corn
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to describe shares, bonds, etc. with a certificate , rather than ones that exist only in electronic form: If the investor is delivered physical shares, their value will be less than the initial investment.
(Definition of physical from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of physical?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “physical” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

maiden

a girl or young woman

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More