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Definition of "calisthenics" [cal•is•then•ics]

  • Gymnastic exercises designed to develop muscular tone and promote physical well-being: Sit-ups, trunk twists, and other calisthenics are demonstrated on the videotape. (noun)
  • The practice or art of such exercises: Calisthenics is recommended to relax the muscles before a run. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "calisthenics" in a sentence
  • "As freshmen we hadn’t actually attended them, but the main feature of the night was called calisthenics, and it was some cheesy aerobics routine."
  • "He was so clumsy he couldn't even do the side-straddle-hop in calisthenics."
  • "We come now to what I may call the calisthenics of the business, exercises which may be roughly compared to the technical exercises necessary in learning to play a musical instrument."