jumping jack


Definition of jumping jack

1 : a conditioning exercise performed from a standing position by jumping to a position with legs spread and arms raised and then to the original position
2 : a toy figure of a man jointed and made to jump or dance by means of strings or a sliding stick

Examples of jumping jack in a Sentence

We did a few jumping jacks to warm up.
Recent Examples on the Web Chalk, jumping jacks, running in circles, ANYTHING. The Washington Post, "On Parenting: Meghan Leahy took your questions," 13 May 2020 After Spain announced a nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak on Saturday, a man in Seville put on workout clothes, climbed to a rooftop in his apartment complex, and started doing jumping jacks and squats. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Healthiest Way to Sweat Out a Pandemic," 18 Mar. 2020 Sometimes, classes for the younger students start with a vigorous session of jumping jacks to get the fidgets out. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Future Kiddie uses computers to combine learning and play and bring STEM into schools," 5 Apr. 2020 Perform each exercise 10-12 times before moving on to the next one, and complete one to three rounds of all the moves with 30 seconds of high knees, jumping jacks or marching in place in between each round. Dr. Melina Jampolis, CNN, "How do I effectively exercise and stay active now that my gym has closed or I'm quarantined?," 20 Mar. 2020 There's also arts and craft projects and instructions to stay active and do jumping jacks. Anchorage Daily News, "Students embark on unprecedented remote-learning plan," 16 Mar. 2020 Instances of the abuse included James being forced to do exercises -- jumping jacks and wall squats -- along with standing in front of a fan with no clothing but his underwear, according to the complaint. Amanda Watts, CNN, "A 12-year-old Montana boy was found dead in a living room, police say grandparents and uncle 'tortured' him," 15 Feb. 2020 Think: jumping jacks, slow mountain climbers, even a light jog will suffice. SELF, "Slow to Quick Strength Builder," 28 Apr. 2019 Here are some simple tips along with the appropriate gear to help stay motivated. 1: Warm up pre-run To avoid injuries, be sure to do a quick warm-up such as jumping jacks or starting with a brisk walk. Jean Chen Smith, Cincinnati.com, "2019/2020 winter running guide: How to stay warm, safe and healthy," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of jumping jack

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Jumping jack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumping%20jack. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of jumping jack

US : an exercise in which a standing person jumps to a position with the legs and arms spread out and then jumps back to the original position

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Kids Definition of jumping jack

: an exercise in which a person who is standing jumps to a position with legs and arms spread out and then jumps back to the original position

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