warm-up

play
noun \ ˈwȯrm-ˌəp \
variants: or less commonly warmup

Definition of warm-up

1 :the act or an instance of warming up; also :a preparatory activity or procedure
2 :a suit for exercise or casual wear consisting of a jacket or sweatshirt and pants often used in plural called also warm-up suit

First Known Use of warm-up

1915

warm-up Synonyms

Synonyms
curtain-raiser, overture, preamble, preliminary, prologue (also prolog), warm-up
Related Words
countdown, run-up [chiefly British]; lead-in; kickoff, start

warm up

verb

Definition of warm up

intransitive verb
:to engage in exercise or practice especially before entering a game or contest; broadly :to get ready

First Known Use of warm up

1846


WARM-UP Defined for Kids

warm-up

noun \ ˈwȯrm-ˌəp \

Definition of warm-up for Students

:the act or an instance of preparing for a performance or a more strenuous activity

Medical Dictionary

warm-up

noun \ ˈwȯr-ˌməp \

medical Definition of warm-up

:the act or an instance of warming up; also :a procedure (as a set of exercises) used in warming up

warm up

play
intransitive verb \ (ˈ)wȯr-ˈməp \

medical Definition of warm up

:to engage in preliminary exercise (as to stretch the muscles)
  • important to warm up properly before running


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up warm-up? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a strongly worded attack

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!