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|part of speech:
||(used with a pl. verb) physical exercises used to develop and demonstrate muscular strength, agility, and control, esp. with the aid of special equipment such as the parallel bars, the horse, and the high bar.
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||(used with a sing. verb) the competitive sports based on such exercises.
||(used with a pl. verb) any mental or physical feat requiring skill.
He had to perform certain verbal gymnastics to win the debate.
is from an ancient Greek word that means "to train or exercise naked."