(usually used with a plural verb) athletic sports, as running, rowing, or boxing.
British. track-and-field events.
(usually used with a singular verb) the practice of athletic exercises; the principles of athletic training.

1595–1605; see athletic, -ics

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athletics (æθˈlɛtɪks)
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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Moreover, to mis-estimate athletics is equally bad whether their importance is
  magnified or minimized.
Similar examples of peculiar rituals and regimented routines in athletics
Gene therapy, say a host of researchers, three of whom call for more oversight
  of the technique's use in athletics.
It has led press coverage of health concerns in all levels of athletics.
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