What does athletics mean?

athletics meaning in General Dictionary

the skill of training by sports exercises the games and recreations of professional athletes

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  • a contest between athletes
  • involvement in sports events as an extracurricular task
  • a dynamic diversion requiring physical exertion and competitors
  • the skill of instruction by sports workouts; the games and sports of athletes.

athletics meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1730, from sports; additionally see -ics. Most likely formed on model of gymnastics.

athletics meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) The art of training by sports exercises; the games and sports of athletes.

Sentence Examples with the word athletics

That his early outdoor life furnished a definite training for his after career is indicated by the fact that when he was about fourteen years of age he went with his father on a tour up the Nile as far as Luxor, and on this journey he made a collection of Egyptian birds found in the Nile valley, which is now in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. Mr Roosevelt was educated at Harvard University, where he graduated in the class of 1880; 2 his record for scholarship was creditable, and his interest in sports and athletics was especially manifest in his skill as a boxer.

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