a sport combining tumbling and acrobatic feats, usually done with apparatus such as the parallel bars, the balance beam, etc.
Origin of gymnasticsfrom gymnastic
- a. used with a pl. verb Physical exercises designed to develop and display strength, balance, and agility, especially those performed on or with specialized apparatus.b. used with a sing. verb The art or practice of such exercises.
- used with a pl. verb a. Complex intellectual or artistic exercises: mental gymnastics.b. Informal Feats of physical agility: had to go through gymnastics to cross the slippery walk.
- A sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, and kinesthetic awareness.
- Gymnastics was a significant part of the physical education curriculum.
- Complex intellectual or artistic exercises or feats of physical agility.
- His mental gymnastics are legendary.
From Ancient Greek γυμνασία (gumnasia, “athletic training, exercise”), from γυμνός (gumnos, “naked”), because Greek athletes were training naked.