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One entry found for calisthenics.
Main Entry: calˇisˇthenˇics
Pronunciation: secondarystresskal-schwas-primarystressthen-iks
Function: noun singular or plural
Etymology: from Greek kalos "beautiful" and sthenos "strength"
1 : exercises to develop strength and flexibility that are done without special equipment
2 : the art or practice of calisthenics
- calˇisˇthenˇic /-ik/ adjective
Word History The benefits that exercise can have for both strength and looks are suggested by the origin of the word calisthenics. Calisthenics was made by joining the Greek kalos, meaning "beautiful," and sthenos, meaning "strength." The word was originally used to refer to exercises done by young women, but it later gained the more general meaning that we now know.

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