Definition of athletics in English:


Line breaks: ath|let¦ics
Pronunciation: /aθˈlɛtɪks


[usually treated as singular] British
  • 1The sport of competing in track and field events, including running races and various competitions in jumping and throwing.
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    • Jarlath Duffy won his award following a very successful year on the athletics track.
    • The other topic that has dogged athletics, as it has so many sports in recent years, is drugs.
    • It is not just in athletics that competitors have tried to evade being drug-tested.
    track and field events, sporting events, sports, games, organized games, matches, races, contests, competitions; exercises, gymnastics
    archaic palaestra
  • 1.1North American Physical sports and games of any kind.
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    • Having done athletics and played netball the transition to rugby was not difficult.
    • And after that you have athletics and golf and tennis and whatever you like yourself.
    • Were ancient athletics useful for preparing young Greek men for the battlefield?

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