Definition of gymnastics in English:


plural noun

  • 1[also treated as singular] Exercises developing or displaying physical agility and coordination. The modern sport of gymnastics typically involves exercises on bars, beam, floor, and vaulting horse.

    • ‘Evora was involved in gymnastics for several years, where her favorite event was the uneven bars.’
    • ‘As a child she was so good at sports that gymnastics soon became her favorite subject.’
    • ‘In the modern Olympics, diving and gymnastics are the two sports in which Chinese athletes are very successful.’
    • ‘Poor timing for gymnastics, a sport that already dangles at the bottom of the sporting food chain.’
    • ‘I'm a believer in psychological momentum, not just in gymnastics but in all sports.’
    • ‘Apart from athletics, she also competes in a wide range of events such as gymnastics, volleyball and basketball.’
    • ‘Sports on offer this summer include short tennis, gymnastics, basketball, trampolining and table tennis.’
    • ‘At the age of seven, she still wasn't sure whether it would be gymnastics or figure skating for her.’
    • ‘The success formula in modern gymnastics is complexity plus beauty plus artistry.’
    • ‘In this endless race after the leader the wonderful sport of gymnastics is perfected.’
    • ‘Her love for the sport of gymnastics truly shows in each one of her performances.’
    • ‘Two sports halls would be built to host badminton, gymnastics and table tennis.’
    • ‘This aligned position of the head is very important in many sporting activities especially in gymnastics, diving and golf.’
    • ‘He also continued his athletic interests, taking to gymnastics and to racquet sports.’
    • ‘In gymnastics, both men and women compete in the floor exercises as well as the apparatus sections.’
    • ‘They will spend half a day at a time in the Arena learning less mainstream sports such as martial arts, gymnastics, handball and basketball.’
    • ‘As in ice skating, women's gymnastics has a component of showmanship in it.’
    • ‘Other sports expected to be witnessed by the 500,000 spectators are horse riding, tennis and gymnastics.’
    • ‘Does that mean, I was tempted to ask, your main interest in gymnastics is floor exercises?’
    • ‘His triple salto in the floor exercises alone is a world record in gymnastics.’
    physical activity, movement, exertion, effort, work
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    1. 1.1[with adjective]Other physical or mental agility of a specified kind.
      ‘these vocal gymnastics make the music unforgettable’
      • ‘It's not supposed to make sense without some personal mental gymnastics.’
      • ‘They often come up with incredibly ingenious ideas and are always happy to engage in mental gymnastics.’
      • ‘Anyway, when she tones down the vocal gymnastics you can hear a bit of jazzy potential in her voice.’
      • ‘I try to follow that in my own work; I can do the gymnastics with my voice but I don't want to go on stage and show off that I'm a good singer.’
      • ‘Scoring is carried out by two panels of judges, as in artistic gymnastics.’
      • ‘I need to find a way of breaking myself into this mental gymnastics.’
      track and field events, sporting events, sports, games, organized games, matches, races, contests, competitions
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