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Various activities in gymnastics



From Ancient Greek γυμνασία (gumnasía, athletic training, exercise), from γυμνός (gumnós, naked), because Greek athletes trained naked.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /d͡ʒɪmˈnæs.tɪks/
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gymnastics (uncountable)

  1. A sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, and kinesthetic awareness.
    Gymnastics was a significant part of the physical education curriculum.
  2. Complex intellectual or artistic exercises or feats of physical agility.
    His mental gymnastics are legendary.
    • 1983 April 23, Ruth Borenstein, “Alive! Dazzles”, in Gay Community News, page 11:
      Her voice swooped and soared as she raced through some double time vocal gymnastics which included a beautifully clear horn impersonation.

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