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[jim-nas-tiks] /dʒɪmˈnæs tɪks/
(used with a plural verb) gymnastic exercises.
(used with a singular verb) the practice art, or competitive sport of gymnastic exercises.
(used with a plural verb) mental feats or other exercises of skill:
Verbal gymnastics.
Origin of gymnastics
First recorded in 1645-55; See origin at gymnastic, -ics Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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


(functioning as sing) practice or training in exercises that develop physical strength and agility or mental capacity
(functioning as pl) gymnastic exercises
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gymnastics

1650s, from gymnastic; also see -ics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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