gymnastic

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

Definition of gymnastic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to gymnastics : athletic

gymnastic

noun

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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Adjective

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

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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, latimes.com, "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. SI.com, "7 of the Best Celebrations in World Cup History," 31 May 2018 The dancers—who ranged in age from young children to adults—took the stage to show off their breathtaking display of gymnastic abilities. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Watch the Incredible Performance on 'America's Got Talent' That Earned a Golden Buzzer," 30 May 2018 Altitude Trampoline Park This park near Indian School Road and 40th Street in Phoenix has a kids’ court, gymnastic tumble tracks, a rock wall, dodgeball courts, foam pits, dunk lanes and a battle beam. Wendy Killeen, azcentral, "Indoor playgrounds, trampoline parks and places in Phoenix kids can play and stay cool," 24 May 2018 Matthew O’Malley’s dreams for a state gymnastic medal in an individual event ended quickly this season. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "Boys gymnastics notes: Matthew O'Malley wins vault title as Lyons takes 3rd as a team," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hall of Fame salary cap gymnastics are never out of the question with Daryl Morey, and therefore the Rockets are in the mix as well. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "What If LeBron Never Wins Another NBA Title?," 16 May 2018 Since 2011, Team USA women’s gymnastics has been on fire—and the powerhouse athletes don't show any signs of cooling down. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The USA Women's Gymnastics Team Won Its 4th Straight World Championship—Here's How to Watch the Final Events," 31 Oct. 2018 Acrobatic gymnastics focuses solely on tumbling and balancing skills on the floor — apparatuses like the vault, balance beam, high bars and rings are not part of the sport. John-john Williams Iv, Howard County Times, "Emilia's Gym in Laurel is turning out some of the world's best acrobatic gymnasts," 4 Apr. 2018 Barclay Stockett started gymnastics at the age of 12 and quickly progressed through the levels, amazing her coaches with her natural abilities and drive to succeed. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Former coach's victory on 'American Ninja Warrior' inspires young gymnasts," 17 Mar. 2018 Alabama gymnastics had a big Friday night against Auburn, scoring a season-high 197.3 team total on an evening that also saw senior Kiana Winston winning the all-around competition. Cheryl Wray, AL.com, "No. 6 Alabama gymnastics wins big with season-high score against Auburn," 23 Feb. 2018 Her performance ultimately lead the UCLA women's gymnastics team to victory at the end of the competition. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "I'm Obsessed With UCLA Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi," 14 Jan. 2019 Sophie competes on the local gymnastics team, aces her spelling tests, goes on loads of play- dates, and loves to download songs for her iPod. Jennifer Rabiner*, Redbook, ""Why Don't I Like My Own Child?"," 10 Nov. 2016 Giuliani’s verbal gymnastics suggest Trump hasn’t been forthcoming about his Russia contacts with the public; his own part; and, perhaps most important, Robert Mueller. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Trump’s lawyer isn’t exactly denying that Trump had foreknowledge of WikiLeaks dumps," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of gymnastic

Adjective

1574, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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gymnastic

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

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: of or relating to gymnastics

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