(used with a plural verb) gymnastic exercises.
(used with a singular verb) the practice art, or competitive sport of gymnastic exercises.
(used with a plural verb) mental feats or other exercises of skill: Verbal gymnastics.

1645–55; see gymnastic, -ics Unabridged
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gymnastics (dʒɪmˈnæstɪks)
1.  (functioning as singular) practice or training in exercises that develop physical strength and agility or mental capacity
2.  (functioning as plural) gymnastic exercises

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