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 gymnastic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of gymnastic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Known for gymnastic routines that celebrate Black culture and pride, Dennis has been applauded by Gabrielle Union, Alicia Keys, First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, among others. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2022 For Port and his team, the biggest challenge was combining Strange's trippy sorcery with Spidey's more tactile, almost gymnastic-like style. Devan Coggan,, 10 Mar. 2022 Biles could still compete in other gymnastic events during the Olympics. Mae Anderson, Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 Oklahoma is the nation’s top softball program and among the best in gymnastic and men’s golf. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 20 Dec. 2021 Olympic gymnastic champion Simone Biles introduced Doja Cat — the show's host — who went aerial during her performance., 12 Sep. 2021 Audiences were overwhelmed by the lusty singing of Powell and Howard Keel, and especially by the gymnastic choreography of Michael Kidd. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 17 Sep. 2021 Over the summer, Biles made headlines for exiting four out of five women's gymnastic finals at this year's Summer Games. Vanessa Etienne,, 18 Nov. 2021 During the women's gymnastic team finals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, broadcasters for NBC News announced Simone Biles had dropped out of the competition. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 27 July 2021 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, 19 May 2020 Recreational activities include gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and martial arts. Fox News, 18 May 2020 Simone Biles is synonymous with gymnastics, as was the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. with NASCAR. Matt Wyatt,, 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, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 18 May 2020 See More

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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 27 May. 2022.

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

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