I. adjective Date: 1574 of or relating to gymnastics ; athleticgymnastically adverb II. noun Date: 1652 1. plural but singular in construction a. physical exercises designed to develop strength and coordination b. a competitive sport in which individuals perform optional and prescribed acrobatic feats mostly on special apparatus in order to demonstrate strength, balance, and body control 2. an exercise in intellectual or artistic dexterity <
my earlier philosophic study had been an intellectual gymnastic — John Dewey
mental gymnastics
3. a physical feat or contortion <
the gymnastics necessary for the killer to have swung from the fire escape — E. D. Radin

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