athletics

[ath-let-iks]
noun
1.
(usually used with a plural verb) athletic sports, as running, rowing, or boxing.
2.
British. track-and-field events.
3.
(usually used with a singular verb) the practice of athletic exercises; the principles of athletic training.

Origin:
1595–1605; see athletic, -ics


See athlete.
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athletics (æθˈlɛtɪks)
 
n
1.  a.  track and field events
 b.  (as modifier): an athletics meeting
2.  sports or exercises engaged in by athletes
3.  the theory or practice of athletic activities and training

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