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[jim-nas-tik] /dʒɪmˈnæs tɪk/
of or relating to physical exercises that develop and demonstrate strength, balance, and agility, especially such exercises performed mostly on special equipment.
Origin of gymnastic
1565-75; < Middle French gymnastique < Latin gymnasticus < Greek gymnastikós, equivalent to gymnáz(ein) (see gymnasium1) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
gymnastically, adverb
ungymnastic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gymnastic
  • Hamms make event finals at gymnastic championships.
  • You'll also find volleyball courts, playground and gymnastic equipment, as well as a bike path and walkway.
  • The performers are shown tapping while doing both basic tap sequences and a variety of unusual gymnastic routines.
  • They engage in abundant, gymnastic coupling under the spaghetti in the bedroom.
  • It might continue to be satisfying in a gymnastic or aesthetic way.
  • He took a short burst of video during a gymnastic performance.
  • Few details are omitted, and sometimes it gets downright gymnastic.
  • The headdress is more in keeping with plains tribes and the dance routine is more of a gymnastic parody.
  • They vary movement patterns and begin to combine skills in educational game, dance, and gymnastic activities.
  • Facilities include volleyball courts, playground and gymnastic equipment, as well as a bike path and walkway.
British Dictionary definitions for gymnastic


of, relating to, like, or involving gymnastics
Derived Forms
gymnastically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for gymnastic

1570s, from Latin gymnasticus, from Greek gynmastikos "fond of or skilled in bodily exercise," from gymnazein "to exercise or train" (see gymnasium).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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