Meaning of “gymnastics” in the English Dictionary

"gymnastics" in British English

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gymnasticsnoun [ U ]

uk /dʒɪmˈnæs.tɪks/ us /dʒɪmˈnæs.tɪks/

B1 physical exercises and activities performed inside, often using equipment such as bars and ropes, intended to increase the body's strength and the ability to move and bend easily:

the US women's gymnastics team
figurative Legal arguments require incredible mental/verbal gymnastics (= the ability to think/speak cleverly and quickly).

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  • I quite liked gymnastics at school - doing handstands and cartwheels and jumps over the apparatus.
  • Did you watch the Olympic men's gymnastics? Their routines on the high rings and the parallel bars were amazing.
adjective [ before noun ] uk /dʒɪmˈnæs.tɪk/ us /dʒɪmˈnæs.tɪk/


a gymnastic display

(Definition of “gymnastics” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gymnastics" in American English

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gymnasticsnoun [ U ]

us /dʒɪmˈnæs·tɪks/

physical exercises that increase the body’s strength, balance, and ability to move gracefully, often using special equipment, or the competitive sport of performing such exercises

(Definition of “gymnastics” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)