gymnastics

[ jim-nas-tiks ]
/ dʒɪmˈnæs tɪks /

noun

(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.

Nearby words

  1. gymnasiarch,
  2. gymnasiast,
  3. gymnasium,
  4. gymnast,
  5. gymnastic,
  6. gymno-,
  7. gymnocarpous,
  8. gymnodinium,
  9. gymnogynous,
  10. gymnoplast

Origin of gymnastics

First recorded in 1645–55; see origin at gymnastic, -ics

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British Dictionary definitions for gymnastics

gymnastics

/ (dʒɪmˈnæstɪks) /

noun

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

gymnastics

n.

1650s, from gymnastic; also see -ics.

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