from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Apparatus in gymnasiums consisting of wooden or iron ring's covered with leather and attached to ropes suspended in pairs from beams or in a series.
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But instead of sitting and brooding over folded hands, in woman's ancient fashion, she took a man's unfair advantage -- she went up to the gymnasium of the Home Club and worked with the chest-weights and flying-rings -- a solemn, happy, busy little figure.
Punk was the only Lakerimmer on the team that attempted to win glory on the flying-rings, but he and his brother Kingstonians suffered a like humiliation with the standing high-jumpers.
Orange-stick in mouth, he went around like a museum guide, introducing the beloved apparatus to the visitor under its true names and uses, the chest-weights, dumb-*bells and Indian clubs, flying-rings, a rowing-machine, the horizontal and parallel bars, the punching-bag and trapeze.