Definition of Pentathlon

1. Noun. An athletic contest consisting of five different events.




Definition of Pentathlon

1. n. A fivefold athletic performance peculiar to the great national games of the Greeks, including leaping, foot racing, wrestling, throwing the discus, and throwing the spear.

2. n. In the modern Olympic Games, a composite contest made up of a running broad jump, throwing the javelin, a 200-meter run, throwing the discus, and a 1500-meter run.

Definition of Pentathlon

1. Noun. An ancient athletics discipline, featuring five events: stadion, wrestling, long jump, javelin and discus ¹

2. Noun. (context: athletics) modern pentathlon ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pentathlon

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Literary usage of Pentathlon

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1. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities by William Smith (1891)
"There remains the perplexing question of how the total competition of the pentathlon was regulated and decided ; and with this is connected the question, ..."

2. The Odes of Pindar in English Prose by Pindar, Gilbert West (1824)
"OF THE pentathlon. AUTHORS differ very much in their account of the exercises of which the pentathlon was composed : though I think it is very clear, ..."

3. Odes of Pindar: With Several Other Pieces in Prose and Verse, Translated by Pindar (1753)
"Fortune indeed hath giv'n me One, but who Will undertake to throw me th' other Two ? SECTION IX. Of the pentathlon. AUTHORS differ very much in their ..."

4. A Day in Old Athens: A Picture of Athenian Life by William Stearns Davis (1914)
"The pentathlon: the Honors paid to Great Athletes. ... As an all around well- trained man he will try to excel in the pentathlon, the "five contests. ..."

5. The Extant Odes of Pindar by Pindar (1874)
"... WINNER IN THE BOYS' pentathlon. This victory was probably won BC 462. The ode would seem to be full of allusions, which however we cannot with any ..."

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