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gym·​nas·​tic jim-ˈna-stik How to pronounce gymnastic (audio)
: of or relating to gymnastics : athletic
gymnastically adverb


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gymnastics jim-ˈna-stiks How to pronounce gymnastic (audio) plural in form but singular in construction
: physical exercises designed to develop strength and coordination
: 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
: an exercise in intellectual or artistic dexterity
my earlier philosophic study had been an intellectual gymnasticJohn Dewey
mental gymnastics
: a physical feat or contortion
the gymnastics necessary for the killer to have swung from the fire escapeE. D. Radin

Examples of gymnastic in a Sentence

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His gymnastic studio’s website domain went offline. Ana Claudia Chacin, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 With this newest addition, Biles now has five gymnastic skills named after her. Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence, 2 Oct. 2023 In the span of just over a decade, Key Biscayne police received a series of complaints about a gymnastic coach’s allegedly abusive behavior with young girls, police reports and interviews with the Herald reveal. Clara-Sophia Daly, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024 The weapons complex is spread through multiple bureaucracies; each one is responsible only for its own discrete tasks and relies on language that can be gymnastic. Abe Streep, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2023 The brand will be the first to do NIL deals with athletes through the fund and eight LSU gymnastic athletes will become Accelerator ambassadors, the brand said in a statement to PEOPLE. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 6 Nov. 2023 No coaches were named specifically in Eaker’s post, but the University of Utah’s gymnastic program head coach, Tom Farden, has previously faced allegations of abuse but retained his job after an independent investigation. Chris Barilla, Peoplemag, 23 Oct. 2023 In the news business, there’s some gymnastic scoring. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Oct. 2023 That’s not a review of, say her gymnastic skills, as a sports reporter might do if Welker were an athlete. Armond White, National Review, 13 Oct. 2023
As usual, gymnastics and swimming will be among the key sports in the first half of the schedule, with track and field among the most popular sports following in the second half. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 Static exercises, like weightlifting, gymnastics or rock climbing, require the body to use skeletal muscle in order to push or pull heavy amounts of weight. William Cornwell, The Conversation, 21 Feb. 2024 Being a Bruin hit home with Reed on Monday, when UCLA gymnastics alumni were honored after the meet. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 Simone Biles, the Olympic gymnastics legend, was also on the receiving end of the designs. Lee Igel, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 To be clear: The championship locations for basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, rowing, golf, gymnastics and several other sports did not come as a surprise to the Bay Area schools. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 10 Feb. 2024 The gymnastics community began to speculate that Douglas would make a run for the Paris Olympics in October 2022, when a photo that appeared to show her training at a new gym gained traction on social media. Kaetlyn Liddy, NBC News, 6 Feb. 2024 Her mother, whose social and civic life included volunteer work for the N.A.A.C.P. and other Black organizations, saw to it that her children had a full schedule of after-school activities (for Thelma, piano lessons, ice-skating, gymnastics). Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 The new platform will cover sports including athletics, gymnastics, skiing and swimming and will broadcast events from world to European championships, multi-sport events and national championships. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1574, in the meaning defined above


1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of gymnastic was in 1574

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“Gymnastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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