Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Physical exercises designed to develop and display strength, balance, and agility, especially those performed on or with specialized apparatus.
  • noun The art or practice of such exercises.
  • noun Complex intellectual or artistic exercises.
  • noun Informal Feats of physical agility.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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