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gym·nas·tics

(jim-nas'tiks),
Muscular exercise, performed indoors, as distinguished from athletics, and usually by means of special apparatus.
[G. gymnos, naked]

gymnastics

/gym·nas·tics/ (jim-nas´tiks) systematic muscular exercise.
Swedish gymnastics  a system following a rigid pattern of movement, utilizing little equipment and stressing correct body posture.

gym·nas·tics

(jim-nas'tiks)
Muscular exercise, performed indoors, as distinguished from athletics, and usually involving special apparatus.
[G. gymnos, naked]

gymnastics

[Gr. gymnastikos, pert. to nakedness]
Systematic body exercise with or without special apparatus.

ocular gymnastics

Systematic exercise of the eye muscles to improve muscular coordination and efficiency.

Swedish gymnastics

A system of movements made by the patient against a resistance provided by the attendant, once used worldwide in physical training. It influenced the development of modern gymnastics.
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Am I not defrauded of my best culture in the loss of those gymnastics which manual labor and the emergencies of poverty constitute?
Had the occasion arisen to name a professor of gymnastics for the monkeys in the Zoological Garden (who are smart enough, by-the-way
Alec considered house-work the best sort of gymnastics for girls; so Rose took lessons of Phebe in sweeping, dusting and bed-making.
SOCRATES: And you know, also, that he taught them to be unrivalled horsemen, and had them trained in music and gymnastics and all sorts of arts--in these respects they were on a level with the best--and had he no wish to make good men of them?
You know, I said, that we begin by telling children stories which, though not wholly destitute of truth, are in the main fictitious; and these stories are told them when they are not of an age to learn gymnastics.
That was my meaning when I said that we must teach music before gymnastics.
and this has two divisions, gymnastic for the body, and music for the soul.
Shall we begin education with music, and go on to gymnastic afterwards?
I too see that painting and sculpture are gymnastics of the eye, its training to the niceties and curiosities of its function.
As I expressed some surprise at this piece of nocturnal gymnastics, he begged me to notice carefully the exterior disposition of the chateau.
The friend of his childhood, a man of the same set, of the same coterie, his comrade in the Corps of Pages, Serpuhovskoy, who had left school with him and had been his rival in class, in gymnastics, in their scrapes and their dreams of glory, had come back a few days before from Central Asia, where he had gained two steps up in rank, and an order rarely bestowed upon generals so young.
In a way that is not true of other sports or even men's gymnastics, girls' gymnastics can be oddly degrading, subjecting the contestants to a kind of merciless critical gaze while they dance and preen in front of the judges.