gym·​nas·​tic | \ jim-ˈna-stik How to pronounce gymnastic (audio) \

Definition of gymnastic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to gymnastics : athletic



Definition of gymnastic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 gymnastics plural in form but singular in construction

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

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gymnastically \ jim-​ˈna-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce gymnastically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of gymnastic in a Sentence

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The Cooper City gymnastic club sent out its top gymnasts to three separate Junior Olympic National Competitions and the team came back with impressive results. Emmett Hall,, "Park Avenue Gymnasts give golden performance on national stage," 20 June 2019 For the event, Charlotte paired her shoes with a pink and white printed dress while showing off her gymnastic skills in the grass. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Wore the Same Shoes as Prince George for Her Birthday Portrait," 2 May 2019 But Ohashi's gymnastic career wasn't always so full of joy. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "I'm Obsessed With UCLA Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi," 14 Jan. 2019 Bouldering is the most gymnastic style of climbing and doesn’t require a harness or rope, Mr. Wahl says. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Climber Still Seeking New Peaks Later in Life," 26 Jan. 2019 The root of the issue: The schools have vastly different accounts of their men’s gymnastic histories against one another. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "The School That Really Owns Ohio State-Michigan," 22 Nov. 2018 On Saturday, more active dogs will compete in gymnastic Frisbee routines, slalom-like weave pole races, agility courses, hurdle racing and diving, in which dogs take a running leap off a 40-foot dock into a 19,000-gallon pool of water. Daily Pilot Staff,, "Surf dogs rule the waves in Huntington Beach," 8 June 2018 To explore what sets gymnastic training apart from more traditional strength training, Tim Ferriss called on Christopher Sommer, who spent 20 years coaching the U.S. national gymnastics team. Tim Ferriss, Outside Online, "Why You Should Train Like a Gymnast," 4 June 2018 However, there were perhaps none better at the feat than Nigeria's Julius Aghahowa, who displayed all of his gymnastic exploits at the 2002 World Cup against Sweden., "7 of the Best Celebrations in World Cup History," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the Warriors sent Iguodala into the Grizzlies’ open cap space instead of trying to work cap gymnastics around Smith’s partial guarantee and the move with Memphis allowed Golden State to make other smart signings to fill out its roster. Chris Fedor,, "Cleveland Cavaliers planning to waive JR Smith, sources say," 15 July 2019 Derrian Gobourne — Sophomore, vault, gymnastics Gobourne had her breakout moment for Auburn, tying to win a national championship in the vault. Sam Blum |,, "Auburn’s 10 potential breakout athletes for 2019-20," 14 July 2019 Kathy Jordan was known around Purdue University as the gymnastics girl with the braids. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Purdue's first black cheerleader to try out, make squad blazed a trail that still lacks color," 13 July 2019 Langer was good enough to make the varsity gymnastics team in high school. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Vaping is hurting teenage athletes, dashing their future in sports," 10 July 2019 Her voice remains as powerful and fluid as ever, for sure, but her throat gymnastics make a much stronger impact when used selectively. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Ariana Grande plays her finest local gig to date, but the crowd couldn’t see her," 8 July 2019 In athletics, Legacy offers football, volleyball, girls and boys basketball, track, softball, baseball, BMX riding and gymnastics. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Legacy the School of Sport Sciences gearing up for ‘signature year’," 3 July 2019 As a child growing up in Wisconsin, Matt Cormier could not have imagined the places gymnastics would take him. Dan Shulman,, "Milton gymnast Matt Cormier chosen for World Junior Championships," 25 June 2019 There’s no swimming and only two reigning European track champions have entered as stars like Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers stay home, though gymnastics and track cycling are stronger. Washington Post, "European Games struggle for attention as Belarus hosts," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of gymnastic


1574, in the meaning defined above


1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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