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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Gymnastic


GYMNASTIC, adjective [Latin gymnasticus; Gr. to exercise, from naked; the ancients being naked in their exercises.]

Pertaining to athletic exercises of the body, intended for health, defense or diversion, as running, leaping, wrestling, throwing the discus, the javelin or the hoop, playing with balls, etc. The modern gymnastic exercises are intended chiefly for the preservation and promotion of health.

GYMNASTIC, noun Athletic exercise.