jumping jack


Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
click for a larger image
jumping jack

jumping jack

n.
1. Sports A physical exercise performed by jumping to a position with the legs spread wide and the hands touching overhead and then returning to a position with the feet together and the arms at the sides.
2. A toy figure with jointed limbs that can be made to dance by pulling an attached string.

jumping jack

n
1. a firework having a long narrow tube filled with gunpowder, folded like an accordion so that when lit it burns with small explosions causing it to jump along the ground
2. a toy figure of a man with jointed limbs that can be moved by pulling attached strings

jump′ing jack`


n.
1. a toy consisting of a jointed figure that is made to jump, move, or dance by pulling a string or stick attached to it.
2. an exercise in which one starts from a standing position with legs together and arms at the sides, then jumps to a position with the legs spread apart and the arms brought together over the head, and then jumps back into the starting position.
[1860–65, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jumping jack - plaything consisting of a toy figure with movable joints that can be made to dance by pulling strings
plaything, toy - an artifact designed to be played with
Translations

jumping jack

nHampelmann m
References in classic literature ?
"Once," said the shaggy man, "I had a jumping jack like that, with two faces."
JUMPING JACK Leitch celebrates his Blue Toon goal with Simon Ferry
The popular act from London aims to thrill Bahrain with some of the chart-topper's greatest hits including Jumping Jack Flash and Satisfaction.
There were many activity stations where participants could learn to code, build a Ping-Pong ball roller coaster, dig in the sand for fossils, make a marshmallow firing catapult, make a fossil, make a leaf rubbing, make a jumping jack, listen to your heart, perform a hair-raising experiment, make a soap powered boat, measure different things, and have lunch!
PLUMPTON: 2.15 Traffic Fluide (down 4), 3.45 Mr Antolini (down 2), 3.45 Remiluc (down 2), 4.20 Jumping Jack (down 2).
-4 Pull Together, 7--4 Jumping Jack, 5 It's Got Legs, 20 Others.
"The crowd went wild and then he done a jumping jack and the whole crowd saw everything.
Twisting, winding, crafty Jumping Jack, Sometimes in front, then at your back.
Jumping Jack finished last in his first three races and Aventus finished last on his debut.
There is a place for skating and remote control boating and jumping jack. There is also a zoo in the park where they have kept a few tigers, cheetahs, lions, bears and peacock.
Pershing of Missouri, invented the jumping jack as a drill for West Point cadets.