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2. an obsessive participation in physical activity. — athletic, adj.
2. cap., italics. the famous 5th-century B.C. statue by Myron of a discus thrower.
2. physical or athletic exercises; calisthenics. — gymnastic, adj.
2. Olympic Games. Usually, modern pentathlon an athletic contest in which the contestants compete for points awarded for performances in five events: fencing, horseback riding, pistol shooting, cross-country running, and swimming.
Athletics consists of sports such as running, the high jump, and the javelin.
Athletics is an uncount noun. You use a singular form of a verb with it.
Note that the American term for this is track and field.
Athletic is an adjective. It can mean 'relating to athletics'.
However, when you use athletic to describe a person, you mean that they are fit, healthy, and active. You do not mean that they take part in athletics.
|Noun||1.||athletics - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition|
offside - (sport) the mistake of occupying an illegal position on the playing field (in football, soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, etc.)
wipeout - a spill in some sport (as a fall from a bicycle or while skiing or being capsized on a surfboard)
toss, flip, pass - (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team; "the pass was fumbled"
daisy cutter - a batted or served ball that skims along close to the ground
call - (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee; "he was ejected for protesting the call"
rock climbing - the sport or pastime of scaling rock masses on mountain sides (especially with the help of ropes and special equipment)
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
contact sport - a sport that necessarily involves body contact between opposing players
gymnastics, gymnastic exercise - a sport that involves exercises intended to display strength and balance and agility
track and field - participating in athletic sports performed on a running track or on the field associated with it
skiing - a sport in which participants must travel on skis
archery - the sport of shooting arrows with a bow
sledding - the sport of riding on a sled or sleigh
skating - the sport of gliding on skates
racing - the sport of engaging in contests of speed
equitation, horseback riding, riding - the sport of siting on the back of a horse while controlling its movements
cycling - the sport of traveling on a bicycle or motorcycle
blood sport - sport that involves killing animals (especially hunting)
athletic game - a game involving athletic activity
stroke, shot - (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand; "it took two strokes to get out of the bunker"; "a good shot requires good balance and tempo"; "he left me an almost impossible shot"
position - (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player; "what position does he play?"
foul - an act that violates the rules of a sport
personal foul - a foul that involves unnecessarily rough contact (as in basketball or football)
possession - (sport) the act of controlling the ball (or puck); "they took possession of the ball on their own goal line"
judo - a sport adapted from jujitsu (using principles of not resisting) and similar to wrestling; developed in Japan
spectator sport - a sport that many people find entertaining to watch
team sport - a sport that involves competition between teams of players; "baseball is a team sport by golf is not"
save - (sports) the act of preventing the opposition from scoring; "the goalie made a brilliant save"; "the relief pitcher got credit for a save"
press box - box reserved for reporters (as at a sports event)
tuck - (sports) a bodily position adopted in some sports (such as diving or skiing) in which the knees are bent and the thighs are drawn close to the chest
game plan - (sports) a plan for achieving an objective in some sport
won-lost record - (sports) a record of win versus losses
English, side - (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist
series - (sports) several contests played successively by the same teams; "the visiting team swept the series"
trial - (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications; "the trials for the semifinals began yesterday"
defending team, defence, defense - (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense"
bench warmer - (sports) a substitute who seldom plays
free agent - (sports) a professional athlete who is free to sign a contract to play for any team
ref, referee - (sports) the chief official (as in boxing or American football) who is expected to ensure fair play
|2.||athletics - a contest between athletes |
decathlon - an athletic contest consisting of ten different events
Olympic Games, Olympics, Olympiad - the modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected country
Special Olympics - an athletic contest modeled after the Olympic Games but intended for mentally or physically handicapped persons
pentathlon - an athletic contest consisting of five different events
hop-step-and-jump, triple jump - an athletic contest in which a competitor must perform successively a hop and a step and a jump in continuous movement
tug-of-war - a contest in which teams pull of opposite ends of a rope; the team dragged across a central line loses
|3.||athletics - participation in sports events as an extracurricular activity|
extracurricular activity - educational activities not falling within the scope of the regular curriculum