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).

    • ‘Apart from athletics, she also competes in a wide range of events such as gymnastics, volleyball and basketball.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His triple salto in the floor exercises alone is a world record in gymnastics.’
    • ‘In the modern Olympics, diving and gymnastics are the two sports in which Chinese athletes are very successful.’
    • ‘The success formula in modern gymnastics is complexity plus beauty plus artistry.’
    • ‘Sports on offer this summer include short tennis, gymnastics, basketball, trampolining and table tennis.’
    • ‘In this endless race after the leader the wonderful sport of gymnastics is perfected.’
    • ‘At the age of seven, she still wasn't sure whether it would be gymnastics or figure skating for her.’
    • ‘Other sports expected to be witnessed by the 500,000 spectators are horse riding, tennis and gymnastics.’
    • ‘They will spend half a day at a time in the Arena learning less mainstream sports such as martial arts, gymnastics, handball and basketball.’
    • ‘I'm a believer in psychological momentum, not just in gymnastics but in all sports.’
    • ‘In gymnastics, both men and women compete in the floor exercises as well as the apparatus sections.’
    • ‘He also continued his athletic interests, taking to gymnastics and to racquet sports.’
    • ‘Does that mean, I was tempted to ask, your main interest in gymnastics is floor exercises?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As in ice skating, women's gymnastics has a component of showmanship in it.’
    • ‘As a child she was so good at sports that gymnastics soon became her favorite subject.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘I need to find a way of breaking myself into this mental gymnastics.’
      • ‘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.’
      track and field events, sporting events, sports, games, organized games, matches, races, contests, competitions
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Pronunciation

gymnastics

/dʒɪmˈnæstɪks//jimˈnastiks/