athlete

Definitions

  • Some of the Military Athletic Exercises
    Some of the Military Athletic Exercises
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n athlete a person trained to compete in sports
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Additional illustrations & photos:

An Athlete Struggling with a Python An Athlete Struggling with a Python
OLYMPIA—ENTRANCE TO THE ATHLETIC FIELD OLYMPIA—ENTRANCE TO THE ATHLETIC FIELD

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Approximately one out of four injuries by athletes involve the wrist and hand
    • Athlete Any one trained to contend in exercises requiring great physical agility and strength; one who has great activity and strength; a champion.
    • Athlete One fitted for, or skilled in, intellectual contests; as, athletes of debate.
    • Athlete (Antiq) One who contended for a prize in the public games of ancient Greece or Rome.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Tiger Woods is the first athlete to has been named "Sportsman of the Year" by magazine Sports Illustrated two times
    • n athlete In Greek antiquity, one who contended for a prize in the public games.
    • n athlete Hence—2. Any one trained to exercises of agility and strength; one accomplished in athletics; a man full of strength and activity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Caffeine is on the International Olympic Committee list of prohibited substances. Athletes who test positive for more than 12 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter of urine may be banned from the Olympic Games. This level may be reached after drinking about 5 cups of coffee.
    • n Athlete ath′lēt a contender for victory in feats of strength: one vigorous in body or mind. The form Athlē′ta survived till the later half of the 18th century
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Quotations

  • William C. Bryant
    William C. Bryant
    “Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness --a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster-children into strength and athletic proportion.”
  • Bill Russell
    Bill Russell
    “Durability is part of what makes a great athlete.”
  • Edwin Moses
    Edwin Moses
    “Concentration is why some athletes are better than others. You develop that concentration in training. You can't be lackluster in training and concentrate in a meet.”
  • Willie Shoemaker
    Willie Shoemaker
    “Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.”
  • Douglas William Jerrold
    Douglas William Jerrold
    “The only athletic sport I ever mastered was backgammon.”
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    “Before I was ever in my teens, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. My goal was to be the greatest athlete that ever lived.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. athleta, Gr. prizefighter, fr. to contend for a prize, , Hom. , contest, prize; fr. the same root as E. wed,: cf. F. athlète,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. athlētēsathlos, contest.

Usage

In literature:

And Gif here would rather continue at the head of our athletics.
"The Rover Boys at Big Horn Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
Perhaps you think I shouldn't like to go out for athletics if I could!
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
The latter learned that in athletics especially the rivalry between the two lower and the two upper classes was intense.
"Ruth Fielding At College" by Alice B. Emerson
Athletes and their trainers have learned by experience that alcohol does not give strength, but is, in reality, a destroyer of muscular power.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
Their coach is a college woman and a specialist in physical culture and athletics.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
There was a great crowd packed into the ring of the Phoenix Athletic Association on the evening of the contest.
"Montezuma's Castle and Other Weird Tales" by Charles B. Cory
So does the American athlete endure torture.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
Here in a ravine is another where men who want to develop their calves hang up sandals to a once athletic saint.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
When I say 'I see there was a big athletic event at the Mercury Athletic Club last night,' you say 'is that so?
"The Radio Boys at the Sending Station" by Allen Chapman
Magnificent savages they were, not one less than six feet tall, framed like athletes, and lithe and supple as panthers.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
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In poetry:

I heard that you ask'd for something to prove this puzzle, the New
World,
And to define America, her athletic Democracy;
Therefore I send you my poems, that you behold in them what you
wanted.
"To Foreign Lands" by Walt Whitman
Athletics I attempted, but, alas! I must admit
That every exercise I tried I put my foot in it.
I think I'll join a foot-ball team,--as many friends suggest,--
Before I've one foot in the grave and gout in all the rest.
"The Two Friends" by Carolyn Wells
They parted, and Athletes had not left her very far,
Ere again he puffed the odours of a casual cigar;
But he oftentimes lamented, as to manhood's years he grew,
'What a pity such a stunner was so spoilt by being blue!'
"Atheletes And Aesthesis" by E W Bowling
And Ruskin, and the warblings of Whistler and Burne Jones,
And symphonies in colours, and sunset's silent tones,
Move her not as once they moved her, for she weeps in sorrow sore,
'O had I loved Athletes less, or he loved culture more!'
"Atheletes And Aesthesis" by E W Bowling
Lightly leapt the young Athletes from his seat beside the Cam:
'This is tempting me, by Jingo, to submit to an Exam!
So it's time, my learned Lady, you and I should say good-bye'--
And he stood with indignation and wild terror in his eye.
"Atheletes And Aesthesis" by E W Bowling
POETS to come! orators, singers, musicians to come!
Not to-day is to justify me, and answer what I am for;
But you, a new brood, native, athletic, continental, greater than
before known,
Arouse! Arouse—for you must justify me—you must answer.
"Poets to Come" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Seven Cameroon athletes are missing olympic, athletes, disappeared, seven, ojong, games, soccer, five, heard, left.
Cardinal Stritch University Wolves Athletics to add eight new athletics teams.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced today that 315 men's soccer student-athletes have been named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Strava, which fills an office in downtown San Francisco, is chock full of athletes making a product for other athletes.
Whenever discrimination is the culprit for barring great athletes from competing in the Olympics, it is not only the athletes who miss out, but so, too, the world.
Today's comment was posted to the story about Oregon State Athletic Director Bob De Carolis being named the 2010 Under Armor West Region Athletic Director of the year.
Bethel — Whitcomb High athletic director Willy Walker is always grappling with the need to find more athletic opportunities at his tiny high school.
ALL-PENINSULA ATHLETIC LEAGUE Kylie Goo (Westmoor) Sr. Chandra Anderson (Half Moon Bay) Sr. Natalie Strohm (Half Moon Bay) Jr Megan Guillermo (Terra Nova) Sr. ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE Most Valuable: Zoe Enright (Menlo School) Fr.
Texas A&M President R Bowen Loftin discussed a self-imposed deadline of Saturday to make a decision "in what direction" to take A&M with regards to its athletics conference future, according to a source in the A&M athletics department.
Increasing numbers of athletes report taking nutritional supplements to improve their performance in sports, and the ages of these athletes concern nutrition specialists.
Texas A&M President R Bowen Loftin discussed a self-imposed deadline of Saturday to make a decision "in what direction " to take A&M with regards to its athletics conference future, according to a source in the A&M athletics department.
Texas A&M University President R Bowen Loftin announced today that veteran athletics administrator Eric Hyman will lead Texas A&M into the Southeastern Conference as the university's new director of athletics.
Marshall's track and field athletes won five events at the University of Findlay's Oiler Open in the Malcolm Athletic Center.
Athletes showing disrespect during National Anthem I agree with Larry Stein (Your Views, Nov 23) regarding professional athletes showing disrespect while the national anthem is being played.
Former Butler athlete takes divergent path to London Former Butler athlete's journey leads to Olympics.
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In science:

It also applies to more complicated phenomena, for example, when we assume we cannot know the outcome of an athletic contest such as a basketball or football game, or more profoundly when we cannot say with certainty what the outcome of a medical operation such as the removal of a cancerous tumor will be.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
Extremes are compelling human curiosities — we are naturally drawn to compilations of various pinnacles of endeavor, such as lists of the most beautiful people, the richest people, the most-cited scientists, athletic records, etc .
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
For example, changes in athletic records are rare and unpredictable.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
Scenarios 3.4.1 Population Notes We considered both amateur athletes and musicians for our initial scenarios.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
Others indicate that the flat foot exerts effects on velocity, stamina and/or balance [15, 16] while those possessing the high-arched foot are unsuitable sprint athletes .
Natural gaits of the non-pathological flat foot and high-arched foot
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