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[jim-nas-tiks] /dʒɪmˈnæs tɪks/
(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.
Origin of gymnastics
1645-55; see gymnastic, -ics Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for gymnastics


(functioning as sing) practice or training in exercises that develop physical strength and agility or mental capacity
(functioning as pl) gymnastic exercises
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Word Origin and History for gymnastics

1650s, from gymnastic; also see -ics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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