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athletics

[ath-let-iks] /æθˈlɛt ɪks/
noun
1.
(usually used with a plural verb) athletic sports, as running, rowing, or boxing.
2.
British. track-and-field events.
3.
(usually used with a singular verb) the practice of athletic exercises; the principles of athletic training.
Origin of athletics
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; See origin at athletic, -ics
Pronunciation note
See athlete.
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Examples from the Web for athletics
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  • Walter hated books and studying, and athletics, too, for that matter.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • It's the thing to be alive in athletics and a dub in everything else.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Rowing is now a form of athletics at every college where facilities permit.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • He participated in every phase of school life and was devoted to athletics.

  • My son held that brain as well as muscle was needed in athletics.

British Dictionary definitions for athletics

athletics

/æθˈlɛtɪks/
noun (functioning as pl or singular)
1.
  1. track and field events
  2. (as modifier): an athletics meeting
2.
sports or exercises engaged in by athletes
3.
the theory or practice of athletic activities and training
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Word Origin and History for athletics
n.

c.1730, from athletic; also see -ics. Probably formed on model of gymnastics.

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