Definition of Exercise

1. Noun. The activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit. "The physical exertion required by his work kept him fit"

2. Verb. Put to use. "Exert one's power or influence"
Exact synonyms: Exert
Generic synonyms: Apply, Employ, Use, Utilise, Utilize

3. Noun. The act of using. "Skilled in the utilization of computers"

4. Verb. Carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions. "Practice law"
Exact synonyms: Do, Practice, Practise
Entails: Do Work, Work
Specialized synonyms: Shamanise, Shamanize
Derivative terms: Practice

5. Noun. Systematic training by multiple repetitions. "Practice makes perfect"

6. Verb. Give a workout to. "They exercise the animals"; "This puzzle will exercise your mind"
Exact synonyms: Work, Work Out
Causes: Work Out
Related verbs: Work Out
Specialized synonyms: Warm Up
Generic synonyms: Put To Work, Work
Derivative terms: Exerciser, Workout

7. Noun. A task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding. "You must work the examples at the end of each chapter in the textbook"
Exact synonyms: Example
Generic synonyms: Lesson

8. Verb. Do physical exercise. "They exercise themselves"; "She works out in the gym every day"
Exact synonyms: Work Out
Specialized synonyms: Limber Up, Loosen Up, Warm Up, Train, Tumble, Strengthen, Tone, Tone Up, Press, Weight-lift, Weightlift
Related verbs: Work, Work Out
Entails: Move
Derivative terms: Exerciser, Exercising, Workout

9. Noun. (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches. "Academic exercises"

10. Verb. Learn by repetition. "Pianists practice scales"
Exact synonyms: Drill, Practice, Practise
Generic synonyms: Learn, Read, Study, Take
Derivative terms: Drill, Practice

Definition of Exercise

1. n. The act of exercising; a setting in action or practicing; employment in the proper mode of activity; exertion; application; use; habitual activity; occupation, in general; practice.

2. v. t. To set in action; to cause to act, move, or make exertion; to give employment to; to put in action habitually or constantly; to school or train; to exert repeatedly; to busy.

3. v. i. To exercise one's self, as under military training; to drill; to take exercise; to use action or exertion; to practice gymnastics; as, to exercise for health or amusement.

Definition of Exercise

1. Noun. Any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability. ¹

2. Noun. Physical activity intended to improve strength and fitness. ¹

3. Verb. To set into action or practice. ¹

4. Verb. To perform any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability. ¹

5. Verb. To take action, enforce. ¹

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Definition of Exercise

1. to make use of [v -CISED, -CISING, -CISES]

Medical Definition of Exercise

1. 1. The act of exercising; a setting in action or practicing; employment in the proper mode of activity; exertion; application; use; habitual activity; occupation, in general; practice. "exercise of the important function confided by the constitution to the legislature." (Jefferson) "O we will walk this world, Yoked in all exercise of noble end." (Tennyson) 2. Exertion for the sake of training or improvement whether physical, intellectual, or moral; practice to acquire skill, knowledge, virtue, perfectness, grace, etc. "Desire of knightly exercise." "An exercise of the eyes and memory." (Locke) 3. Bodily exertion for the sake of keeping the organs and functions in a healthy state; hygienic activity; as, to take exercise ob horseback. "The wise for cure on exercise depend." (Dryden) 4. The performance of an office, a ceremony, or a religious duty. "Lewis refused even those of the church of England . . . The public exercise of their religion." (Addison) "To draw him from his holy exercise." (Shak) 5. That which is done for the sake of exercising, practicing, training, or promoting skill, health, mental, improvement, moral discipline, etc.; that which is assigned or prescribed for such ebbs; hence, a disquisition; a lesson; a task; as, military or naval exercises; musical exercises; an exercise in composition. "The clumsy exercises of the European tourney." (Prescott) "He seems to have taken a degree, and preformed public exercises in Cambridge, in 1565." (Brydges) 6. That which gives practice; a trial; a test. "Patience is more oft the exercise Of saints, the trial of their fortitude. " (Milton) Exercise bone, a deposit of bony matter in the soft tissues, produced by pressure or exertion. Origin: F. Exercice, L. Exercitium, from exercere, exercitum, to drive on, keep, busy, prob. Orig, to thrust or drive out of the inclosure; ex out + arcere to shut up, inclose. See Ark. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Exercise

exercise asthma
exercise ball
exercise bicycle
exercise bike
exercise bone
exercise book
exercise books
exercise device
exercise in futility
exercise machine
exercise machines
exercise radionuclide angiocardiography

Literary usage of Exercise

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Bulletin by United States (1918)
"exercise 31.—Explain / ' ( on blackboard and buzzer. / ' ( /'((/' \/ ((/'(' (/'('(/'' C / ' / exercise 32.—Explain . ?-",;:/'( on blackboard and bu/. ..."

2. Roughing It by Mark Twain (2001)
"In the evening the Speaker came home afoot for exercise, and got the Genuine towed back behind a quartz wagon. The next day I loaned the animal to the Clerk ..."

3. Manual of Serum Diagnosis: Deep Breathing and a Complete System for by Bernarr Macfadden, Otto Rostoski (1904)
"exercise plays a very important part in the scheme of the healthy body, ... Yet it must be borne in mind, as a basic truth, that without exercise, ..."

4. The Spectator by Joseph Addison, Richard Steele (1810)
"By the right observation of these few plain words of command, a woman of a tolerable genius, who will apply herself diligently to her exercise for the space ..."

5. The Manual of Phonography by Benn Pitman, Jerome Bird Howard (1885)
"67 The Doubling Principle 7o Aff, and Mb 70 exercise on Words containing" MP and Mb 71 L, and R Hook Logograms 72 exercise on the Doubling Principle 71 ..."

6. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1872)
""Further Experiments on the Effect of Alcohol and exercise on the Elimination of Nitrogen and on the Pulse and Temperature of the Body." By EA PARKES, MD, ..."

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