ac·​ro·​bat·​ics | \ ˌa-krə-ˈba-tiks How to pronounce acrobatics (audio) \

Definition of acrobatics

1 : the art, performance, or activity of an acrobat
2 : a spectacular, showy, or startling performance or demonstration involving great agility or complexity

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Recent Examples on the Web The 90-minute show will be filled with the acrobatics and other circus arts Cirque du Soleil is known for. Matthew J. Palm,, "Cirque du Soleil CEO drops clue about ‘Drawn to Life’ debut at Disney," 21 Apr. 2021 Hicks’ high-flying acrobatics have all but disappeared in the mists of time. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "'Inspiring' dunks of Stanford's Belibi echo a little-known, high-flying S.F. pioneer," 21 Mar. 2021 Indiana’s Cassius Stanley displayed acrobatics with his 46-inch vertical. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Blazers' Anfernee Simons wins abbreviated slam dunk contest at NBA All-Star Game," 8 Mar. 2021 One sentence weaves the narrator's mental acrobatics with a description of a life-or-death street fight, carries on for six pages and retains absolute clarity and propulsion. Jenny Shank, Star Tribune, "Review: 'The Committed,' by Viet Thanh Nguyen," 26 Feb. 2021 Often, during close-ups on Mikkelsen, Dancy would observe his co-star using his fingers seemingly to tap out the dialogue’s rhythm—a reminder that Mikkelsen delivered all of the wordplay and verbal acrobatics in a second language. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "In ‘Another Round,’ Mads Mikkelsen Shows Another Side," 26 Feb. 2021 His productions often combine live music, dynamic special effects, wow-worthy acrobatics, graceful dance, special effects, and cutting-edge multimedia and projections. Robin Raven, Forbes, "Normand Latourelle Lights Up Montreal With Dynamic Show ‘Illumi’," 26 Feb. 2021 The tap studio offered both adult and child classes in jazz, acrobatics, ballet, hip hop, pre-dance, musical theater, lyrical, contemporary and competition. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma’s O’Connor Dance Studio owner closes iconic business, reflects on nearly 70 years of classes and students," 10 Mar. 2021 The 6-5 Stanley has played a limited role for the Pacers since coming out of Duke, where he was known for some high-flying acrobatics. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, "Obi Toppin, Anfernee Simons, Cassius Stanley To Compete In NBA Slam Dunk Contest," 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of acrobatics

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acrobatics

acrobat + -ics

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The first known use of acrobatics was in 1882

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1 May 2021

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“Acrobatics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of acrobatics

: difficult and dangerous acts done by an acrobat also : difficult or dangerous acts, movements, etc., done by another kind of performer


noun plural
ac·​ro·​bat·​ics | \ ˌa-krə-ˈba-tiks How to pronounce acrobatics (audio) \

Kids Definition of acrobatics

1 : the art or performance of an acrobat
2 : difficult or dangerous stunts
Hint: Acrobatics can be used either as a singular or a plural in writing. Acrobatics is taught at clown school. The acrobatics were amazing.

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