calisthenics

noun

cal·​is·​then·​ics ˌka-ləs-ˈthe-niks How to pronounce calisthenics (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
1
: systematic rhythmic bodily exercises performed usually without apparatus
2
usually singular in construction : the art or practice of calisthenics

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For me, the next goal is to conquer calisthenics and keep getting stronger. Jesse Hicks, Men's Health, 4 Nov. 2022 By that point, the plebes had already been put under great pressure by the older cadets, who forced them to perform calisthenics at all hours. Sydney Trent, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2022 This involved a sort of puppy calisthenics program. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2022 Miller shows off some impressive calisthenics, contorting her body every which way when the demon makes its presence known. Courtney Howard, Variety, 29 Sep. 2022 On a sweltering day last week, three seniors from Goodwin House Alexandria sat in the barn’s indoor riding arena as Wallingford guided them through gentle calisthenics. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 Laurie Shaw is known for taking on a wide array of 30-day fitness challenges, from intensive Krav Maga and Muay Thai training, to attempting to master some of the most challenging calisthenics moves. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 9 Apr. 2022 There are tons of benefits of calisthenics workouts, too. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 21 May 2022 The company hosts weekly farm-to-table barbecues and an annual field day for staff to get outside and romp with kickball, dodgeball, ultimate Frisbee, and calisthenics. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, 1 Oct. 2014 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Greek kalos beautiful + sthenos strength

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of calisthenics was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Calisthenics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calisthenics. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

calisthenics

noun singular or plural

cal·​is·​then·​ics ˌkal-əs-ˈthen-iks How to pronounce calisthenics (audio)
1
: exercises to develop strength and flexibility that are done without special equipment
2
: the art or practice of calisthenics
calisthenic
-ik
adjective

Medical Definition

calisthenics

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

cal·​is·​then·​ics
variants or British callisthenics
1
: systematic rhythmic bodily exercises performed usually without apparatus
2
usually singular in construction : the art or practice of calisthenics
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