- (used with a plural verb) gymnastic exercises designed to develop physical health and vigor, usually performed with little or no special apparatus.
- (used with a singular verb) the art, practice, or a session of such exercises.
Origin of calisthenics
Examples from the Web for calisthenics
Meanwhile, CrossFit has taken the relatively solitary world of weightlifting and calisthenics and spun a communitarian dreamland.Is American Christianity Becoming a Workout Cult?
April 27, 2014
Teachers led them in brisk, mostly stationary, calisthenics.Kids of War: Libyan Children Fight a New Battle at School
June 30, 2012
We were still required to do all the runs and PT (calisthenics, obstacle course, and so on).Inside Seal Team Six by Don Mann Excerpt
December 4, 2011
The extensive system of calisthenics gives to the body suppleness.
In the schools not so equipped the physical work is confined to calisthenics.The New Education
Now, Van Twiller was an enthusiast on the subject of calisthenics.Mademoiselle Olympe Zabriski
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
This was not as with us, but more of the form of calisthenics.The Historical Child
I wish them to be thoroughly taught, especially music and calisthenics.
- a variant spelling (esp US) of callisthenics
Word Origin and History for calisthenics
1847 (calisthenic (adj.) is from 1839), formed on model of French callisthenie, from Latinized comb. form of Greek kallos "beauty" + sthenos "strength" + -ics. Originally, gymnastic exercises suitable for girls and meant to develop the figure and promote graceful movement. The proper Greek, if there was such a word in Greek, would have been *kallistheneia.
- Gymnastic exercises, such as sit-ups, designed to develop muscular tone and promote physical fitness.