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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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 The gymnastic effort in the pro-Trump media this week is to use Zuckerberg's congressional testimony as an occasion to criticize Facebook without inflicting any harm on Trump. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "A dilemma for pro-Trump media: How to hit Facebook without dinging the president?," 9 Apr. 2018

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Stephen Burns, 24, a former gymnastics coach in North Miami Beach, was brought back to Broward County from his Derby, Conn., home and arrested Monday. Linda Trischitta,, "Man accused of drunken driving in deadly 2016 crash," 2 July 2018 The switch from macro to micro thought processes made for invigorating and exhausting mental gymnastics. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Instead of a black bear, hunter gets a view from a nonhunter’s eyes," 5 June 2018 The news of the settlement was followed by even more turmoil at USA Gymnastics, the beleaguered national governing body for gymnastics. Alice Park, Time, "Gymnast Who Was Abused by Larry Nassar Says MSU Must Do More Than Pay $500 Million. It Must Change," 18 May 2018 Martha Karolyi departed the 2016 Olympics on top of the world, credited with creating a system that produced a record number of medals for women's gymnastics. Jean Casarez, CNN, "CNN exclusive: In depositions, Karolyis say they knew nothing of Nassar's abuse at their ranch," 28 Mar. 2018 In the next Olympics, gymnastics teams will consist of only four members instead of five. Elisa, Seventeen, "Olympian Nastia Liukin on The Gymnastics Moments You Don't See on TV," 17 Aug. 2016 With the help of junior Holli Anderson, the Franklin Combined gymnastics team won its third straight state title. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "School of the year: A look at what made Arrowhead and rest of top 10 great the past year," 2 July 2018 Those types of testimonies proved powerful at the sentencing hearings for both Cosby and Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Harvey Weinstein's Arrest Is Just the Opening Scene," 31 May 2018 The case has a number of eerie parallels to that of disgraced former Team USA gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "USA Taekwondo, Eric Schneiderman's Replacement, Nike Shakeup: Broadsheet May 9," 9 May 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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