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warmup

[wawrm-uhp] /ˈwɔrmˌʌp/
noun
1.
an act or instance of warming up:
The spectators came early to watch the players go through their warmups. The dancers went through a quick warmup.
2.
the period before a radio or television broadcast when the audience is entertained so that it will be more receptive to the actual program.
3.
Also, warm up. the time lapse between turning on the power in an electronic component or device and the time it is operable.
4.
Often, warmups. any apparel, especially a sweat suit, worn over other clothing for warmth, chiefly in sports or during preliminary exercise.
Also, warm-up.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; noun use of verb phrase warm up
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  • Players rarely swing in warmup with the same speed they swing at the plate, whether they use a weighted bat during warmups or not.
  • There's a section on warmup stretches for basketball, volleyball and in-line skating.
  • And this will be the warmup or intro activity occasionally.
  • A warmup period would be needed in all automotive applications.

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