Distinctions in the word “physical”

A shape, marble and a statue are all physical, but in different ways. A vocal sound and its pronunciation are physical too, but also in different ways. We might also see the word pronounced as physical, but this does not mean we are saying that the sound of the word, the meaning of the word, and “what a word is” are all physical in the same way.

Note that I would sharply distinguish physical from “material”, even though one is always with the other, and vice versa. Material means “that out of which something can be made” or “that from which something comes to be, remaining in it”.

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