Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to gymnastics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to gymnastics.
  • adj. Pertaining to the gymnasia (ancient Greek schools).
  • n. A gymnast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to athletic exercises intended for health, defense, or diversion; -- originally said of games or exercises, as running, leaping, wrestling, throwing the discus, the javelin, etc.; in modern times more specifically applied to athletic exercises demonstrating balance and agility, such as tumbling, somersaulting, and bodily maneuvers performed on special equipment such as parallel bars or a balance beam
  • adj. pertaining to disciplinary exercises for the intellect.
  • n. A gymnast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to athletic exercises of the body, intended for health, defense, or diversion.
  • Pertaining to disciplinary exercises for the intellect.
  • Athletic; vigorous.
  • n. Athletic exercise; athletics.
  • n. Disciplinary exercise for the intellect or character.
  • n. A teacher of gymnastics; a gymnast.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. vigorously active
  • adj. of or relating to or used in exercises intended to develop strength and agility

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Examples

  • No matter what fabric and style the reader chose, Butterick promised it would be "exceedingly comfortable for wear while engaged in gymnastic exercises."

    "Make It Yourself": Home Sewing, Gender, and Culture, 1890-1930

  • Socrates: And as you speak of an excellence or art of the best in wrestling, and of an excellence in playing the lyre, I wish you would tell me what this latter is; — the excellence of wrestling I call gymnastic, and I want to know what you call the other.

    The First Alcibiades

  • SOCRATES: And as you speak of an excellence or art of the best in wrestling, and of an excellence in playing the lyre, I wish you would tell me what this latter is; -- the excellence of wrestling I call gymnastic, and I want to know what you call the other.

    Alcibiades I

  • Wiwau prodded with the goad, and Tiha stumbled and wabbled in gymnastic efforts to make speed.

    Chapter 14

  • "The word 'gymnastic,' " explains K.T. Coates, the federation's president, "derives from the Greek '

    NYT > Home Page

  • Education has two branches — one of gymnastic, which is concerned with the body, and the other of music, which is designed for the improvement of the soul.

    Laws

  • "Well, and who changed the time of the speeches, and put the idea of gymnastic poles into the heads of their worships the sixth form?" said the master.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • The bourgeoise has taken the place forfeited by a wastrel nobility which now subsists only to set ignoble fashions and whose sole contribution to our 'civilization' is the establishment of gluttonous dining clubs, so-called gymnastic societies, and pari-mutuel associations.

    Là-bas

  • In fact, I fully expected at any moment to be shaken from my grasp, as, oddly enough, even in that time of peril, I recalled the gymnastic sport of giant strides of my schooldays, and held on; but I was certain we were now too late, and that it was only a matter of moments before we should be overtaken and cut down or taken prisoners by

    Charge! A Story of Briton and Boer

  • They're also locked into a kind of gymnastic storyline, in 3D: You can imagine Sebastian rising in a slow clockwise twist, becoming first Irene, who tends him, and then the servant who unties him.

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