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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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  • Both music and gymnastic, however, were intended for the benefit of the soul.

    Woman in Science John Augustine Zahm
  • Burroughs had, from his college days, been noted for gymnastic exercises.

  • Tell me, Megillus, were not the common meals and gymnastic training instituted by your legislator with a view to war?

    Laws Plato
  • And she had become one of the most faithful of devotees of gymnastic practice.

    Ruth Fielding At College Alice B. Emerson
  • It will also be an ornament to this place if the gymnastic exercises of the elders are performed in it.

    Politics Aristotle
  • A gymnastic contest and a torch race formed a portion of the display.

    History of Phoenicia George Rawlinson
  • He rose, went through some gymnastic exercises, then looked about him curiously.

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

    The Republic Plato
  • Chess, billiards, and contortions with gymnastic apparatus are not to be recommended.

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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