Definitions

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

  • n. Physical exercises designed to develop and display strength, balance, and agility, especially those performed on or with specialized apparatus.
  • n. The art or practice of such exercises.
  • n. Complex intellectual or artistic exercises: mental gymnastics.
  • n. Informal Feats of physical agility: had to go through gymnastics to cross the slippery walk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, and kinesthetic awareness.
  • n. Complex intellectual or artistic exercises or feats of physical agility.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Athletic or disciplinary exercises; the art of performing gymnastic exercises.
  • n. Disciplinary exercises for the intellect or character.
  • n. Feats demonstrating a quick mental agility.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The art of performing athletic exercises; also, athletic exercises; feats of skill or address, mental or bodily.

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

  • n. a sport that involves exercises intended to display strength and balance and agility

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek γυμνασία (gumnasia, "athletic training, exercise"), from γυμνός ("naked"), because Greek athletes were training naked. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _movement_, the _gymnastics_ of children, is necessary, because, as is well known, muscles which are not exercised become incapable of performing the variety of movements of which the muscular system is capable, so an analogous system of gymnastics is necessary to maintain the activity of the psychical life.

    Spontaneous Activity in Education

  • Under the term gymnastics, literally naked exercises, we here include those denuded of all utilities or ulterior ends save those of physical culture.

    Youth: Its Education, Regimen, and Hygiene

  • "The issue around the gymnastics is around the safety of the kids and it was not motivated by any concept of litigation, but certainly [by] that safety and well-being component of those kids when we're talking heads and necks and potentially backs if there were an injury."

    Cartwheels & Handstands Banned in Australian School

  • Nicias, the tactician, is very much in favour of the new art, which he describes as the gymnastics of war — useful when the ranks are formed, and still more useful when they are broken; creating a general interest in military studies, and greatly adding to the appearance of the soldier in the field.

    Laches, or Courage

  • Nicias, the tactician, is very much in favour of the new art, which he describes as the gymnastics of war -- useful when the ranks are formed, and still more useful when they are broken; creating a general interest in military studies, and greatly adding to the appearance of the soldier in the field.

    Laches

  • You can't watch this and still believe that gymnastics is just for girls.

    I could do that... I just don't want to right now

  • Shawn Johnson, a gold-medal winner in gymnastics at the 2008 Games in Beijing, announced Tuesday morning that she plans on training and ... olympics | Comment | Recommend

    Olympics News: Coverage & Results for Past & Future Olympic Games

  • Age falsification has been a problem in gymnastics since the 1980s, when the minimum age was raised from 14 to 15 to help protect still-developing athletes from serious injuries.

    China loses Olympic medal over underage gymnast

  • My girls are also active in gymnastics and track, so they have no time for internet, only for projects and sometimes they play some "fantage."

    Obamas limit time first daughters spend online

  • It's like a floor exercise in gymnastics without music.

    Lysacek pumps up artistry with new costumes, music, verve

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