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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
gymnastics \gym*nas"tics\ (j[i^]m*n[a^]s"t[i^]ks), n. 1. Athletic or disciplinary exercises; the art of performing gymnastic exercises. [1913 Webster] 2. Disciplinary exercises for the intellect or character. [1913 Webster] 3. [fig.] Feats demonstrating a quick mental agility; as, mental gymnastics, verbal gymnastics. [PJC] Gymnic