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[jim-nas-tik] /dʒɪmˈnæs tɪk/
of or relating to physical exercises that develop and demonstrate strength, balance, and agility, especially such exercises performed mostly on special equipment.
Also, gymnastical.
Origin of gymnastic
1565-75; < Middle French gymnastique < Latin gymnasticus < Greek gymnastikós, equivalent to gymnáz(ein) (see gymnasium1) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
gymnastically, adverb
ungymnastic, adjective Unabridged
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  • To remove this should be the primary object in gymnastic training.

  • The works he has left on gymnastic and Music are of such character.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • What time shall we allow for this second gymnastic training of the soul?

    The Republic Plato
  • Shall we begin education with music, and go on to gymnastic afterwards?

    The Republic Plato
  • The education which was assigned to the men was music and gymnastic.

    The Republic Plato
  • Then women must be taught music and gymnastic and also the art of war, which they must practise like the men?

    The Republic Plato
  • Undoubtedly; and yet if music and gymnastic are excluded, and the arts are also excluded, what remains?

    The Republic Plato
  • Were they not to be trained in gymnastic, and music, and all other sorts of knowledge which were proper for them?

    Timaeus Plato
  • All gymnastic exercises in our state must have a military character; no other will be allowed.

    Laws Plato
British Dictionary definitions for gymnastic


of, relating to, like, or involving gymnastics
Derived Forms
gymnastically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for gymnastic

1570s, from Latin gymnasticus, from Greek gynmastikos "fond of or skilled in bodily exercise," from gymnazein "to exercise or train" (see gymnasium).

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