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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Both gymnastic rings and suspension straps can be mounted to a sturdy door. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, "Everything you need for a basic home gym," 13 May 2020 The organization plans to make a decision by 10 a.m. Thursday on whether fans can attend this week's ice hockey semifinals and finals, girls gymnastic finals, girls regional basketball games and boys district basketball games. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Coronavirus has turned March Madness into March Sadness," 12 Mar. 2020 The incident came during the first half of the Arkansas at Missouri game after the SEC Network promoted its upcoming coverage of gymnastic meets. Alicia Lee, CNN, "SEC Network condemns basketball analyst's remark calling gymnasts 'scantily clad girls'," 10 Feb. 2020 At my daughter’s gymnastic class, all the parents discussed homemade hand sanitizer and canceled birthday parties. Robin Romm, Wired, "'Hi Dad, It's Me. Please Buy Lots of Soup'," 11 Mar. 2020 Yet the offer does not appear to require Olympic or gymnastic officials to disclose any more information that might shed light on how Nassar could assault so many people without the kind of oversight that could have stopped him. Juliet Macur, New York Times, "As Gymnasts Who Were Abused Seek Answers, They Are Offered Only Money," 3 Mar. 2020 Football and basketball players usually receive full scholarships, as well as women’s volleyball, tennis and gymnastic athletes. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Topped by Ohio State, Big Ten sports approaches $2 billion a year in spending," 25 Feb. 2020 Per usual, most of the vocabulary is custom built for each dancer, exploiting Cintra’s gymnastic ability, for example, Brody’s charming groundedness, Wilkinson’s silky-smooth, whimsical style, and on and on. Lauren Warnecke,, "Review: Lucky Plush gets its mojo back with ‘Rink Life’ and a disco ode to roller skating," 11 Nov. 2019 Alex Janicki was a state champion gymnast for Lyons Township High School in 2015 and on LTHS’s gymnastic team which finished second in the state in 2017. Kimberly Fornek,, "Lawsuit settled against La Grange teen allegedly driving 70 mph on 55th Street in Western Springs 4-vehicle crash," 10 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Soccer, gymnastics, volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, and women’s cross country all have perfect scores on their multiyear rates. Tom Green |, al, "Gus Malzahn, Bruce Pearl, Allen Greene earn combined $175,000 in APR-related bonuses," 19 May 2020 Recreational activities include gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and martial arts. Fox News, "America reopening: 14 more states ease restrictions before Memorial Day weekend," 18 May 2020 Simone Biles is synonymous with gymnastics, as was the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. with NASCAR. Matt Wyatt,, "Legendary angler Bill Dance reveals what fishing’s like during pandemic," 16 May 2020 The 12 teams recognized for 2018-19 are men's and women's basketball, beach volleyball, women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's soccer, women's swimming, men's and women's tennis and women's water polo. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Record 12 ASU teams earn NCAA Academic Progress Rate recognition," 12 May 2020 Courtesy Growing up in Minnesota, Harrison played sports—soccer, track and field, gymnastics, and fencing—along with the flute and violin. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Could These Women Be the First to Walk on Mars?," 16 Apr. 2020 The business, which teaches youngsters gymnastics, basketball, swimming and other sports throughout the year, coached more than 5,000 kids a week and employed more than 250 full- and part-time staff. Alexander Coolidge,, "Ohio businesses race to apply for SBA loans to pay workers 'This isn't real'," 13 Apr. 2020 At high-level gymnastics clubs such as these, young athletes train to compete in state, national or international meets. Abigail Pesta, Time, "An Early Survivor of Larry Nassar’s Abuse Speaks Out For the First Time," 18 July 2019 Among the findings: During a team retreat at Lake Cumberland, some cheerleaders performed gymnastics routines that including hurling their teammates from a dock into the water while either topless or bottomless. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Kentucky fires cheerleading coaches after investigation into ‘inappropriate conduct’," 18 May 2020

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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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“Gymnastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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

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: of or relating to gymnastics

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