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or gymnastical

[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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  • Both music and gymnastic, however, were intended for the benefit of the soul.

    Woman in Science John Augustine Zahm
  • Undoubtedly; and yet if music and gymnastic are excluded, and the arts are also excluded, what remains?

    The Republic Plato
  • Tell me, Megillus, were not the common meals and gymnastic training instituted by your legislator with a view to war?

    Laws Plato
  • Were they not to be trained in gymnastic, and music, and all other sorts of knowledge which were proper for them?

    Timaeus Plato
  • It will also be an ornament to this place if the gymnastic exercises of the elders are performed in it.

    Politics Aristotle
  • Having said what remained to be said about the teaching of music, let us speak in like manner about gymnastic.

    Laws Plato
  • He rose, went through some gymnastic exercises, then looked about him curiously.

  • Burroughs had, from his college days, been noted for gymnastic exercises.

  • Chess, billiards, and contortions with gymnastic apparatus are not to be recommended.

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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