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 gymnastically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of gymnastic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective At my daughter’s gymnastic class, all the parents discussed homemade hand sanitizer and canceled birthday parties. Robin Romm, Wired, "'Hi Dad, It's Me. Please Buy Lots of Soup'," 11 Mar. 2020 Yet the offer does not appear to require Olympic or gymnastic officials to disclose any more information that might shed light on how Nassar could assault so many people without the kind of oversight that could have stopped him. Juliet Macur, New York Times, "As Gymnasts Who Were Abused Seek Answers, They Are Offered Only Money," 3 Mar. 2020 Football and basketball players usually receive full scholarships, as well as women’s volleyball, tennis and gymnastic athletes. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Topped by Ohio State, Big Ten sports approaches $2 billion a year in spending," 25 Feb. 2020 Per usual, most of the vocabulary is custom built for each dancer, exploiting Cintra’s gymnastic ability, for example, Brody’s charming groundedness, Wilkinson’s silky-smooth, whimsical style, and on and on. Lauren Warnecke,, "Review: Lucky Plush gets its mojo back with ‘Rink Life’ and a disco ode to roller skating," 11 Nov. 2019 Alex Janicki was a state champion gymnast for Lyons Township High School in 2015 and on LTHS’s gymnastic team which finished second in the state in 2017. Kimberly Fornek,, "Lawsuit settled against La Grange teen allegedly driving 70 mph on 55th Street in Western Springs 4-vehicle crash," 10 Oct. 2019 Along with donations and meals, condolences came in from gymnastic programs across the county. Josh Kovner,, "Death of Southern Connecticut State University gymnast Melanie Coleman at training facility ruled accidental," 12 Nov. 2019 The measure had support from gymnastic athletes who were victims of Nassar, who was sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison after more than 260 women and girls came forward with assault allegations against the doctor that dated to the early 1990s. Los Angeles Times, "California grants more time for filing child sexual abuse allegations under new law," 13 Oct. 2019 Simone Biles came out to stunt at the 2019 gymnastic world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, on Saturday, landing two more signature moves that will be named after her, adding to her history of greatness. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Simone Biles Lands 2 More Historic Moves At Worlds, Which Will Be Named After Her," 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are nearly 20 athletes/coaches with Arizona ties already qualified for Tokyo even though the bulk of U.S. trials, including high-profile sports such as swimming, track and gymnastics, have not been held. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Impending Olympics postponement impacts wide range of Arizona athletes," 23 Mar. 2020 This season has mostly focused on Mykenna's tongue gymnastics and Champagne-gate, so needless to say, it's been relatively vanilla. Hannah Rimm,, "This Season Of The Bachelor Has Been Chaos. Here’s A Drinking Game To Get You Through The Finale.," 10 Mar. 2020 Two more years of dance training, as well as gymnastics, prepared him for his musical-theater debut. Washington Post, "These 18 movie stars are also amazing dancers. That’s their real superpower.," 9 Jan. 2020 Athletes will compete in one of five sports: track and field; cycling; gymnastics; soccer; and tennis. Vincent T. Davis,, "Special Olympics returns to San Antonio, bringing thousands of athletes to Morgan’s Wonderland," 11 Dec. 2019 The dark side of cheerleading, gymnastics, and dance have all been highlighted in countless TV shows and movies. Breanne L. Heldman,, "January Jones Is a Scary Ice Skating Mom in Netflix's Spinning Out: 'You'll Never Be a Champion'," 10 Dec. 2019 Marian, who loves gymnastics, dancing and doing her nails, rose to the occasion at the photo shoot and ended up having a great time, her father said. Nara Schoenberg,, "Naperville photographer comes to the aid of 8-year-old Michigan girl who wasn’t allowed to get her school photo taken because of red hair extensions," 19 Nov. 2019 The bad news is that some fans think that all this new flair could be a signal of Biles's upcoming exit from professional gymnastics, which has been a huge subject of discussion during the most recent world championship. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Simone Biles's Curly, Waist-Length Ponytails Are Sending Fans Into a Frenzy," 8 Nov. 2019 Growing up, soccer was just one item in a long list of activities for Rowe — golf, mountain biking, kayaking, gymnastics, rock climbing, skiing. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "For Orlando City goalkeeper Brian Rowe, long wait to become a starter has been worth it," 19 Sep. 2019

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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 3 Apr. 2020.

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

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: of or relating to gymnastics

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