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acrobatics

[ak-ruh-bat-iks]
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noun
  1. (used with a plural verb) the feats of an acrobat; gymnastics.
  2. (used with a singular verb) the art or practice of acrobatic feats.
  3. (used with a plural verb) something performed with remarkable agility and ease: the verbal acrobatics of a habitual liar.
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Origin of acrobatics

First recorded in 1880–85; see origin at acrobatic, -ics
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tumblinggymnasticsstunts

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  • The acrobatics which he performed with that defenceless consonant were marvelous.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • After the acrobatics came sleight-of-hand with cards and handkerchiefs.

    The Flying Death

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • Noblemen playing at acrobatics were an easy subject for abuse.

  • I gave him a wild ride with lots of acrobatics: loops, rolls and spins.

  • After he has done that the student goes to Pau for his test in acrobatics.

    The A.E.F.

    Heywood Broun


British Dictionary definitions for acrobatics

acrobatics

noun
  1. (functioning as plural) the skills or feats of an acrobat
  2. (functioning as singular) the art of an acrobat
  3. (functioning as plural) any activity requiring agility and skillmental acrobatics
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Word Origin and History for acrobatics

n.

1859, from acrobatic; also see -ics. Also acrobatism (1864). In early 20c. acrobacy (from French acrobacie) sometimes was used.

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