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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXERCISE

I had to walk as fast as I could, and exercise my limbs all I could, in order to keep warm.

I have a mile's drive up town to take, and I think the exercise might be good for you.

Her comely face was slightly flushed, doubtless with the exercise of walking.

It was very certain that the exercise he was giving his brain must be beneficial.

Because you aren't young is all the more reason you need the exercise.

But his limbs were strong and active, and well accustomed to exercise.

I have had symptoms of a fit of the gout, and been trying to keep it off by exercise.

For several years it was only by the exercise of a strong will that he was able to carry on his duties.

He had suffered in person and estate for the exercise of his religion.

The horsewoman's cheeks were bright red with exercise and joy.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "condition of being in active operation; practice for the sake of training," from Old French exercice (13c.) "exercise, execution of power; physical or spiritual exercise," from Latin exercitium "training, exercise," from exercitare, frequentative of exercere "keep busy, drive on," literally "remove restraint," from ex- "off" (see ex-) + arcere "keep away, prevent, enclose," from PIE *ark- "to hold, contain, guard" (see arcane).

Original sense may have been driving farm animals to the field to plow. Meaning "physical activity" first recorded in English late 14c.; in reference to written schoolwork from early 17c. The ending was abstracted for formations such as dancercise (1967); jazzercise (1977); and boxercise (1985).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR EXERCISE

aerobics

noun, adjectiveexercise regime designed to increase heart and lung activity while toning muscles

aerobics/aerobic

noun, adjectiveexercise regime designed to increase heart and lung activity while toning muscles

aerobicses

noun, adjectiveexercise regime designed to increase heart and lung activity while toning muscles
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.