Definitions for: Exercise

[n] the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit; "the doctor recommended regular exercise"; "he did some exercising"; "the physical exertion required by his work kept him fit"
[n] 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"
[n] systematic training by multiple repetitions; "practice makes perfect"
[n] the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"
[n] (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches; "academic exercises"
[v] do physical exercise; "She works out in the gym every day"
[v] give a work-out to; "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles"
[v] learn by repetition
[v] put to use; "exert one's power or influence"
[v] carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions; "practice law"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ex"er*cise, n. [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.]
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.'' --Spenser.

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 on horseback.

The wise for cure on exercise depend. --Dryden.

4. The performance of an office, a ceremony, or a religious

Lewis refused even those of the church of England .
. . the public exercise of their religion.

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 ends; 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.

He seems to have taken a degree, and performed
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 (Med.), a deposit of bony matter in the soft
tissues, produced by pressure or exertion.

Ex"er*cise, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exercised; p. pr. &
vb. n. Exercising.]
1. 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

Herein do I Exercise myself, to have always a
conscience void of offence. --Acts xxiv.

2. To exert for the sake of training or improvement; to
practice in order to develop; hence, also, to improve by
practice; to discipline, and to use or to for the purpose
of training; as, to exercise arms; to exercise one's self
in music; to exercise troops.

About him exercised heroic games The unarmed youth.

3. To occupy the attention and effort of; to task; to tax,
especially in a painful or vexatious manner; harass; to
vex; to worry or make anxious; to affect; to discipline;
as, exercised with pain.

Where pain of unextinguishable fire Must exercise us
without hope of end. --Milton.

4. To put in practice; to carry out in action; to perform the
duties of; to use; to employ; to practice; as, to exercise
authority; to exercise an office.

I am the Lord which exercise loving-kindness,
judgment, and righteousness in the earth. --Jer. ix.

The people of the land have used oppression and
exercised robbery. --Ezek. xxii.

Ex"er*cise, 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.

I wear my trusty sword, When I do exercise. --Cowper.

Synonyms: do, drill, drill, employment, example, exercising, exert, physical exercise, physical exertion, practice, practice, practice, practice session, practise, practise, recitation, usage, use, utilisation, utilization, work out, workout

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