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  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.
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Origin of gymnastics

First recorded in 1645–55; see origin at gymnastic, -ics
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Related Words for gymnastics

vaulting, workout, horse, tumbling, calisthenics, aerobatics, gym, trampoline, trapeze

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Historical Examples of gymnastics

  • 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.

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



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



  • Gymnastics are to be practised chiefly with a view to their use in war.



British Dictionary definitions for gymnastics


  1. (functioning as singular) practice or training in exercises that develop physical strength and agility or mental capacity
  2. (functioning as plural) gymnastic exercises
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Word Origin and History for gymnastics


1650s, from gymnastic; also see -ics.

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