(Greek: unclothed, bare, unclad, disrobed, undressed; naked, nude)
2. Etymology: introduced in Germany in the 15th century as a name for a high school while in English it has remained mostly athletic.
2. In Europe, primarily in Germany and some other European countries, a secondary school where the students are prepared for advanced education in universities: Almost all of the towns and cities in Germany have a gymnasium, where the students can receive an "Abitur" after successfully completing eight or nine years of education.
The ancient Greeks placed a high value on both physical and mental fitness. Each important city in Greece had a public area set aside in which young men would gather to exercise, compete in sports, and receive training in philosophy, music, and literature.
Living in a warm climate and not wanting to be encumbered in their activities by unnecessary clothing, the Greeks would typically do their exercising without wearing any apparel.3. Etymology: the term given for the exercise area was gymnasion,; literally, "school for unclothed exercise"; from the Greek verb gymnazein, "to exercise with no clothing"; which is a derivative of the adjective gymnos, "unclothed".
The Greek gymnasion, became the Latin gymnasium, which was used in two distinct senses to mean both "an exercise ground" and "a public school".
2. The performance of a series of complex mental or physical operations of a particular kind; usually, rapidly and with great skill: Joe took part in the debate club at school and needed to use his best gymnastics of knowledge and mental skills in presenting solutions for the challenges that were presented by his opponents.