Chemistry, though a branch of general physics, is commonly treated as a science by itself, and the
application of physical principles which it involves constitute a branch called chemical physics, which
treats more especially of those physical properties of matter which are used by chemists in defining and
(Phys"i*o*crat) n. [Gr. fy`sis nature + to rule.] One of the followers of Quesnay of France,
who, in the 18th century, founded a system of political economy based upon the supremacy of natural
order. F. A. Walker. Phys`i*o*crat"ic a.
(Phys`i*og"e*ny) n. [Gr. fy`sis nature + root of to be born.] (Biol.) The germ history of
the functions, or the history of the development of vital activities, in the individual, being one of the branches
of ontogeny. See Morphogeny. Haeckel.
(Phys`i*og"no*mer) n. Physiognomist.
(Phys`i*og*nom"ic Phys`i*og*nom"ic*al) a. physiognomonique.]> Of or pertaining to
physiognomy; according with the principles of physiognomy. Phys`i*og*nom"ic*al*ly, adv.
(Phys`i*og*nom"ist) n. Same as Physiognomy, 1.
(Phys`i*og"no*mist) n. [Cf. F. physiognomiste.]
1. One skilled in physiognomy. Dryden.
2. One who tells fortunes by physiognomy. Holland.
(Phys`i*og"no*mize) v. t. To observe and study the physiognomy of. [R.] Southey.
(Phys`i*og`no*mmon"ic) a. Physiognomic.
(Phys`i*og"no*my) n.; pl. Physiognomies [OE. fisonomie, phisonomie, fisnamie, OF.
phisonomie, F. physiognomie, physiognomonie, from Gr. fy`sis nature + one who knows or examines,
a judge, fr. to know. See Physic, and Know, and cf. Phiz.]
1. The art and science of discovering the predominant temper, and other characteristic qualities of the
mind, by the outward appearance, especially by the features of the face.
2. The face or countenance, with respect to the temper of the mind; particular configuration, cast, or
expression of countenance, as denoting character.
3. The art telling fortunes by inspection of the features. [Obs.] Bale.
4. The general appearance or aspect of a thing, without reference to its scientific characteristics; as, the
physiognomy of a plant, or of a meteor.
(Phys`i*og"o*ny) n. [Gr. fy`sis nature + go`nos birth.] The birth of nature. [R.] Coleridge.
(Phys`i*o*graph"ic Phys`i*o*graph"ic*al) a. [Cf. F. physiographique.] Of or pertaining to
(Phys`i*og"ra*phy) n. [Gr. fy`sis nature + -graphy: cf. F. physiographie.] The science
which treats of the earth's exterior physical features, climate, life, etc., and of the physical movements or
changes on the earth's surface, as the currents of the atmosphere and ocean, the secular variations in
heat, moisture, magnetism, etc.; physical geography.