gym|nas|tics [dʒımˈnæstıks] n [U]
1.) a sport involving physical exercises and movements that need skill, strength, and control, and that are often performed in competitions
a gymnastics display
We don't do gymnastics at school.
2.) mental/intellectual/moral gymnastics
very clever thinking
3.) verbal/linguistic gymnastics
using words in a very clever way
>gymnastic adj
The girls went through their gymnastic routine.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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