ex•er•cise(ek′sər sīz′),USA pronunciationn., v.,-cised, -cis•ing. n.
bodily or mental exertion, esp. for the sake of training or improvement of health:Walking is good exercise.
something done or performed as a means of practice or training:exercises for the piano.
a putting into action, use, operation, or effect:the exercise of caution.
a written composition, musical piece, or artistic work executed for practice or to illustrate a particular aspect of technique.
Often, exercises. a traditional ceremony:graduation exercises.
Religiona religious observance or service.
to put through exercises, or forms of practice or exertion, designed to train, develop, condition, or the like:to exercise a horse.
to put (faculties, rights, etc.) into action, practice, or use:to exercise freedom of speech.
to use or display in one's action or procedure:to exercise judgment.
to make use of (one's privileges, powers, etc.):to exercise one's constitutional rights.
to discharge (a function); perform:to exercise the duties of one's office.
to have as an effect:to exercise an influence on someone.
to worry; make uneasy; annoy:to be much exercised about one's health.
to go through exercises; take bodily exercise.
Latin exercitium, equivalent. to exercit(us) past participle of exercēre to train (ex-ex-1 + -ercit-, stem of combining form of arcēre to restrain) + -ium noun, nominal suffix
Middle French exercice
Middle English (noun, nominal) 1300–50
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged activity; calisthenics, gymnastics.
2.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedExercise,drill,practice refer to activities undertaken for training in some skill. Exercise is the most general term and may be either physical or mental:an exercise in arithmetic.Drill is disciplined repetition of set exercises, often performed in a group, directed by a leader:military drill.Practice is repeated or methodical exercise:Even great musicians require constant practice.
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged employment, application, practice, performance.
6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ritual.
7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged discipline, drill, school.
9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged employ, apply, exert, practice.
13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged try, trouble.