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gymnastics

[jim-nas-tiks] /dʒɪmˈnæs tɪks/
noun
1.
(used with a plural verb) gymnastic exercises.
2.
(used with a singular verb) the practice art, or competitive sport of gymnastic exercises.
3.
(used with a plural verb) mental feats or other exercises of skill:
Verbal gymnastics.
Origin of gymnastics
1645-1655
First recorded in 1645-55; See origin at gymnastic, -ics
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  • We employed our spare time in gymnastics, in turning, and in rambles.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • But we must not mind the wits; there was a time when they might have laughed at our present gymnastics.

    The Republic Plato
  • I should like to explain to you this singular kind of gymnastics.

    Laws Plato
  • Every year they shall have contests in music and gymnastics, and in horsemanship, in honour of the dead.

    Laws Plato
  • gymnastics are to be practised chiefly with a view to their use in war.

    Laws Plato
British Dictionary definitions for gymnastics

gymnastics

/dʒɪmˈnæstɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) practice or training in exercises that develop physical strength and agility or mental capacity
2.
(functioning as pl) gymnastic exercises
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Word Origin and History for gymnastics
n.

1650s, from gymnastic; also see -ics.

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