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  • n. Alternative spelling of calisthenics.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art or practice of exercising the muscles for the purpose of gaining health, strength, or grace of form and movement; a kind of light gymnastics. Also spelled calisthenics.

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

  • n. light exercises designed to promote general fitness
  • n. the practice of calisthenic exercises


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  • To Montaigne it was intellectual callisthenics, the "fruitful and natural exercise of the mind" as opposed to the "languid, feeble motion" of reading.

    Simon Jenkins: Conversation

  • They're not the equivalent of creative callisthenics, the sort that might be used in writing classes because they aren't presented as such.

    Tight Briefs

  • A decent callisthenics program should see the levels equalize over the next week or so.

    The Dreaming Void

  • A subforcer rousted us out before dawn, into the near-freezing cold, and put us through callisthenics.

    Timegod's World

  • Party members cannot escape official opinion or official observation, for every room is equipped with a telescreen that cannot be shut off; it not only broadcasts at all hours, but it also registers precisely with the Thought Police every image and voice; it also controls all the activities that keep the private life public, such as morning callisthenics beside one's bed.

    Review of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four

  • These prejudices are gradually and silently melting away; and it is cheering to see the better feelings of our nature effectively advancing the art to its legitimate place in education, under the guise of gymnastics and callisthenics.

    A Practical Enquiry into the Philosophy of Education

  • No master of callisthenics could have set them up better than their mother's receipt for making good blood, combined with a certain harmony of their systems, had done; nor could a schoolmistress have taught them correcter speaking.

    Rhoda Fleming — Volume 1

  • He was flexing his arms and legs in a series of complicated callisthenics.

    The Guardian World News

  • Regardless of age, It's a good bit of intellectual callisthenics.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • And if you're thinking, PM, that an easier way out would be to get everyone doing what P G Wodehouse called his "daily dozen" - callisthenics - it may be worth pointing out that our Stone Age ancestors didn't drink or smoke, ate nothing but fruit and berries, got plenty of exercise running away from velociraptors, but never saw the wrong side of 35. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph


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