Pronunciation: (ath-let'iks), [key]
1. (usually used with a pl. v.) athletic sports, as running, rowing, or boxing.
2. Brit.track-and-field events.
3. (usually used with a sing. v.) the practice of athletic exercises; the principles of athletic training.
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