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).

    • ‘As a child she was so good at sports that gymnastics soon became her favorite subject.’
    • ‘They will spend half a day at a time in the Arena learning less mainstream sports such as martial arts, gymnastics, handball and basketball.’
    • ‘His triple salto in the floor exercises alone is a world record in gymnastics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other sports expected to be witnessed by the 500,000 spectators are horse riding, tennis and gymnastics.’
    • ‘Poor timing for gymnastics, a sport that already dangles at the bottom of the sporting food chain.’
    • ‘Two sports halls would be built to host badminton, gymnastics and table tennis.’
    • ‘Her love for the sport of gymnastics truly shows in each one of her performances.’
    • ‘Apart from athletics, she also competes in a wide range of events such as gymnastics, volleyball and basketball.’
    • ‘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 the modern Olympics, diving and gymnastics are the two sports in which Chinese athletes are very successful.’
    • ‘In this endless race after the leader the wonderful sport of gymnastics is perfected.’
    • ‘Sports on offer this summer include short tennis, gymnastics, basketball, trampolining and table tennis.’
    • ‘Does that mean, I was tempted to ask, your main interest in gymnastics is floor exercises?’
    • ‘He also continued his athletic interests, taking to gymnastics and to racquet sports.’
    • ‘As in ice skating, women's gymnastics has a component of showmanship in it.’
    • ‘This aligned position of the head is very important in many sporting activities especially in gymnastics, diving and golf.’
    • ‘Evora was involved in gymnastics for several years, where her favorite event was the uneven bars.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They often come up with incredibly ingenious ideas and are always happy to engage in mental gymnastics.’
      • ‘I need to find a way of breaking myself into this mental gymnastics.’
      • ‘Scoring is carried out by two panels of judges, as in artistic gymnastics.’
      • ‘It's not supposed to make sense without some personal mental gymnastics.’
      track and field events, sporting events, sports, games, organized games, matches, races, contests, competitions
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Pronunciation

gymnastics

/jimˈnastiks//dʒɪmˈnæstɪks/