gymnastic


1gym·nas·tic

adjective \jim-ˈnas-tik\

Definition of GYMNASTIC

:  of or relating to gymnastics :  athletic
gym·nas·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

First Known Use of GYMNASTIC

1574

2gymnastic

noun

Definition of GYMNASTIC

1
plural but sing in constr
a :  physical exercises designed to develop strength and coordination
b :  a competitive sport in which individuals perform optional and prescribed acrobatic feats mostly on special apparatus in order to demonstrate strength, balance, and body control
2
:  an exercise in intellectual or artistic dexterity <my earlier philosophic study had been an intellectual gymnastic — John Dewey> <mental gymnastics>
3
:  a physical feat or contortion <the gymnastics necessary for the killer to have swung from the fire escape — E. D. Radin>

First Known Use of GYMNASTIC

1652

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