callisthenics [ kal- uh s- then-iks ] SHOW IPA / ˌkæl əsˈθɛn ɪks / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | Related forms cal·lis·then·ic, adjective calisthenics or cal·lis·then·ics [ kal- uh s- then-iks ] SHOW IPA / ˌkæl əsˈθɛn ɪks / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun ( 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 1840–50; cali-
) strength +
-ics Related forms cal·is·then·ic, cal·is·then·i·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for callisthenics British Dictionary definitions for callisthenics callisthenics calisthenics noun (functioning as plural) light exercises designed to promote general fitness, develop muscle tone, etc (functioning as singular) the practice of callisthenic exercises Derived Forms callisthenic or calisthenic, adjective Word Origin for callisthenics
calli- + Greek sthenos strength Derived Forms calisthenic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for callisthenics n.
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.
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Medicine definitions for callisthenics pl.n. Gymnastic exercises, such as sit-ups, designed to develop muscular tone and promote physical fitness.
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