gym·​nas·​tic | \jim-ˈna-stik \

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 \ adverb

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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 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,, "Boys gymnastics notes: Matthew O'Malley wins vault title as Lyons takes 3rd as a team," 14 May 2018 The interview with Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie was excerpted from a larger special about the gymnastic abuse scandal, airing this Sunday evening on Dateline. Dave Quinn,, "Martha Karolyi Says Gymnasts' Parents 'Couldn't See' Larry Nassar Abuse: 'How I Could See?'," 20 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition, the regulators used intellectual gymnastics to pretend investing in environmental capital isn’t investment, which allowed them to ignore guidance on discount rates. WSJ, "Debating the Social Cost of CO2 Emissions," 25 Oct. 2018 Japanese girls who were younger than 18, young Russian girls doing gymnastics, that sort of thing. Amy Beth Hanson, The Seattle Times, "First-ever child porn suspect on FBI list pleads guilty," 16 Oct. 2018 But no mental gymnastics are required for Lamplight Lounge, the two-story gastropub-like restaurant at the entrance to Pixar Pier. Todd Martens,, "How Disney's Paradise Pier, the 'antithesis' of Walt, became California Adventure's Pixar Pier," 22 June 2018 And the gymnastics federation has been relentlessly roiled by the Nassar allegations, which were first made public in September 2016, more than a year after top USAG officials were told of athlete concerns about the doctor’s care. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "U.S. Olympic Committee Moves to Revoke USA Gymnastics’ Status as Governing Body," 6 Nov. 2018 Following the sentencing of Larry Nassar, the new USA Gymnastics CEO stepped down after just five days on the job (and after gymnastics superstar Simone Biles called out her anti-Kaepernick Tweet). Deanna Pai, Glamour, "The International Gymnastics Federation Just Banned 'Heavy Makeup' From Competitions," 2 Nov. 2018 The crash happened at the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington D.C., the site in which numerous George Washington University athletic teams compete, including both men and women’s basketball and gymnastics, Fox 5 DC reported. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "George Washington University scoreboard crashes onto basketball court," 12 Sep. 2018 To make dark matter, the solution requires the Universe to perform some gymnastics. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Dark matter not at the core of neutron stars," 9 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia will include e-sports alongside the likes of track and field, rugby, and gymnastics. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Why competitive gaming is starting to look a lot like professional sports," 27 July 2018

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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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