Definition of gymnastics in US English:

gymnastics

plural noun

  • 1also treated as singular Exercises developing or displaying physical agility and coordination. The modern sport of gymnastics typically involves exercises on uneven bars, balance beam, floor, and vaulting horse (for women), and horizontal and parallel bars, rings, floor, and pommel horse (for men).

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

gymnastics

/jimˈnastiks//dʒɪmˈnæstɪks/