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 Meeker said the open space offered by the building is perfect for a gymnastic club, which will retain the building's hardwood floors and preserve photos and memorabilia from the building's history. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, "Roller Garden, St. Louis Park's grand old roller rink, will transform into a gym," 27 Apr. 2021 The essay, already a flexible genre, is at its most gymnastic here, as Léger passes through the many postures of a complex floor routine to produce one fluid, circuitous movement of thought. Eula Biss, The New Yorker, "Nathalie Léger’s Hall of Mirrors," 22 Apr. 2021 As American filmmakers have long since discovered — and often lose sight of in the dust of superheroic musclebound punch-ups — the balletic and gymnastic elements of martial arts lend grace and dignity to fight scenes. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Strangely drawn to Asian American stereotypes, ‘Kung Fu’ stumbles out of gate," 7 Apr. 2021 Despite her dislike of her instructor and her fear of the high beam that ended her own gymnastic career, my daughter remained attached to the team. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: UCLA gymnastics has a captivating magnetism, even in the time of coronavirus," 27 Feb. 2021 Impressed by it, the Bayou Bengals have had it on all 22 of their racks in their football weight room, which is also used by the volleyball, soccer and gymnastic teams, for a year and a half. Jeff Fedotin, Forbes, "Pro And College Teams Use New Workout Device That Enables ‘Smart’ Weight Racks," 1 Mar. 2021 Carson shortened a deep green satin Faviana slip dress, with a lace-up back, to a below-the-knee length to showcase Steve Madden stiletto sandals (and gymnastic-level dance moves). Fawnia Soo Hoo,, "Lana Condor Wears Aritzia, Forever 21 & Lots Of Vintage In To All the Boys 3," 12 Feb. 2021 Though the hockey team ($3 million) and gymnastic team ($880,000) remain far from their goals with one month to go, the ski team reached its target -- $628,000 -- by Christmas. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Board of Regents reinstates UAA alpine ski program after $628,000 fundraising effort," 16 Jan. 2021 One who always managed to show up at every soccer match, gymnastic competition and stage performance. Los Angeles Times, "Ed Krieger, prolific photographer of L.A.'s 99-seat theaters, dies at 73," 23 Dec. 2020 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, "Gus Malzahn, Bruce Pearl, Allen Greene earn combined $175,000 in APR-related bonuses," 19 May 2020 Recreational activities include gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and martial arts. Fox News, "America reopening: 14 more states ease restrictions before Memorial Day weekend," 18 May 2020 Simone Biles is synonymous with gymnastics, as was the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. with NASCAR. Matt Wyatt,, "Legendary angler Bill Dance reveals what fishing’s like during pandemic," 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, "Record 12 ASU teams earn NCAA Academic Progress Rate recognition," 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, "Could These Women Be the First to Walk on Mars?," 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,, "Ohio businesses race to apply for SBA loans to pay workers 'This isn't real'," 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, "An Early Survivor of Larry Nassar’s Abuse Speaks Out For the First 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, "Kentucky fires cheerleading coaches after investigation into ‘inappropriate conduct’," 18 May 2020

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

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