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a. Activity that requires physical or mental exertion, especially when performed to develop or maintain fitness: walks every day for exercise.
b. A specific activity performed to develop or maintain fitness or a skill: sit-ups and other exercises; a piano exercise.
a. The active use or application of something: the exercise of good judgment.
b. The discharge of a duty, function, or office.
3. An activity having a specified aspect: an undertaking that was an exercise in futility.
4. A military maneuver or training activity.
5. exercises A ceremony that includes speeches, presentations, and other activities: graduation exercises.
v. ex·er·cised, ex·er·cis·ing, ex·er·cis·es
a. To subject to practice or exertion in order to train, strengthen, or develop: exercise the back muscles; exercise the memory.
b. To put through exercises: exercise a platoon. See Synonyms at practice.
a. To make active use of; employ, apply, or exert: exercise restraint; exercise control.
b. To discharge (duties, for example).
a. To carry out the functions of: exercise the role of disciplinarian.
b. To execute the terms of (a stock option, for example).
4. To alarm, worry, or anger; upset: an injustice that exercised the whole community.
To engage in exercise.
[Middle English, from Old French exercice, from Latin exercitium, from exercitus, past participle of exercēre, to exercise : ex-, ex- + arcēre, to restrain.]
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|Noun||1.||exercising - the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit; "the doctor recommended regular exercise"; "he did some exercising"; "the physical exertion required by his work kept him fit"|
cardiopulmonary exercise - exercise intended to strengthen the circulatory system
gymnastic exercise - (gymnastics) an exercise designed to develop and display strength and agility and balance (usually performed with or on some gymnastic apparatus)
kick up - raising the feet backward with the hands on the ground; a first movement in doing a handstand
elbow grease, exertion, effort, travail, sweat - use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"
exercise set, set - several exercises intended to be done in series; "he did four sets of the incline bench press"
anaerobic exercise, bodybuilding, muscle building, musclebuilding - exercise that builds muscles through tension
calisthenics, callisthenics - light exercises designed to promote general fitness; "several different calisthenics were illustrated in the video"
isometric exercise, isometrics - muscle-building exercises (or a system of musclebuilding exercises) involving muscular contractions against resistance without movement (the muscles contracts but the length of the muscle does not change)
isotonic exercise - exercise in which opposing muscles contract and there is controlled movement (tension is constant while the lengths of the muscles change); "the classic isotonic exercise is lifting free weights"
Kegel exercises, pubococcygeus exercises - exercises for women designed to improve the ability to hold urine
arm exercise - exercise designed to strengthen the arm muscles
back exercise - exercise designed to strengthen the back muscles
leg exercise - exercise designed to strengthen the leg muscles
neck exercise - exercise designed to strengthen the neck muscles
yoga - a system of exercises practiced as part of the Hindu discipline to promote control of the body and mind
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