Share this entry

Share this page

gymnastics

Line breaks: gym|nas¦tics
Pronunciation: /dʒɪmˈnastɪks
 
/

Definition of gymnastics in English:

plural noun

[also treated as singular]
1Exercises developing or displaying physical agility and coordination. The modern sport of gymnastics typically involves exercises on bars, beam, floor, and vaulting horse.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • In the modern Olympics, diving and gymnastics are the two sports in which Chinese athletes are very successful.
1.1 [with adjective] Other physical or mental agility of a specified kind: these vocal gymnastics make the music unforgettable
More example sentences
  • I need to find a way of breaking myself into this mental gymnastics.
  • They often come up with incredibly ingenious ideas and are always happy to engage in mental gymnastics.
  • It's not supposed to make sense without some personal mental gymnastics.

Definition of gymnastics in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ˈɔːθəʊɛpi
noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words