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gymnastics

gym·nas·tics

gymnastics

 
pronunciation:
jIm nae stihks
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: (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.
similar words:
tumble
definition 2: (used with a sing. verb) the competitive sports based on such exercises.
 
definition 3: (used with a pl. verb) any mental or physical feat requiring skill.
He had to perform certain verbal gymnastics to win the debate.
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Gymnastics is from an ancient Greek word that means "to train or exercise naked."
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