verb (used with object), ex·er·cised, ex·er·cis·ing.
verb (used without object), ex·er·cised, ex·er·cis·ing.
- exercise ball,
- exercise bicycle,
- exercise bike,
- exercise book,
- exercise machine
Origin of exercise
Examples from the Web for over-exercise
Bleeding from the nose may be produced by a blow or by over-exercise of the child at play.The Physical Life of Woman:|Dr. George H Napheys
Exercise is then over-exercise, injurious, and not good for body or temper.Lines in Pleasant Places|William Senior
What signal have we that we are beginning to over-exercise the heart?A Handbook of Health|Woods Hutchinson
I called a physician for poor Anderson, and the diagnosis was dilatation of the heart from over-exercise.The Fat of the Land|John Williams Streeter
His friends thought that he injured himself by over-exercise; and the battle was necessarily a losing one.Swift|Leslie Stephen
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for exercise
mid-14c., "condition of being in active operation; practice for the sake of training," from Old French exercice (13c.) "exercise, execution of power; physical or spiritual exercise," from Latin exercitium "training, exercise," from exercitare, frequentative of exercere "keep busy, drive on," literally "remove restraint," from ex- "off" (see ex-) + arcere "keep away, prevent, enclose," from PIE *ark- "to hold, contain, guard" (see arcane).
Original sense may have been driving farm animals to the field to plow. Meaning "physical activity" first recorded in English late 14c.; in reference to written schoolwork from early 17c. The ending was abstracted for formations such as dancercise (1967); jazzercise (1977); and boxercise (1985).
late 14c., "to employ, put into active use," from exercise (n.); originally "to make use of;" also in regard to mental and spiritual training; sense of "engage in physical activity" is from 1650s. Related: Exercised; exercises; exercising.