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