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

  • noun The act or procedure of warming up, especially in preparation for an athletic event.
  • noun A period spent in warming up.
  • noun The exercises or activities used for warming up.
  • noun Clothing, such as a sweatsuit, designed to be worn before or after participation in an athletic event.

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

  • noun The act of exercising or stretching in preparation for strenuous activity
  • noun Any act of preparation for a performance
  • noun A period of time allocated for performing warm-ups.
  • adjective Attributive use of the noun

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  • noun exercising in preparation for strenuous activity


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