Gymnastical
Gymnastic Gym*nas"tic (j[i^]m*n[a^]s"t[i^]k), Gymnastical Gym*nas"tic*al (j[i^]m*n[a^]s"t[i^]*kal), a. [L. gymnasticus, Gr. gymnastiko`s: cf. F. gymnastique. See {Gymnasium}.] 1. Pertaining to athletic exercises intended for health, defense, or diversion; -- originally said of games or exercises, as running, leaping, wrestling, throwing the discus, the javelin, etc.; in modern times more specifically applied to athletic exercises demonstrating balance and agility, such as tumbling, somersaulting, and bodily maneuvers performed on special equipment such as parallel bars or a balance beam; as, gymnastic exercises, contests, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. pertaining to disciplinary exercises for the intellect. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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