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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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▪ Does this deny any connection between the physiology of black athletes and their sporting achievements?
▪ Sometimes overcoming enormous odds, mostly because of racial prejudice, black athletes changed the sporting landscape in the United States.
▪ Never mind all that. Black athletes do well because it is in their genes.
▪ Maybe the black athletes are just psyching the white guys out.
▪ By and large black athletes receive identical treatment to everyone else.
▪ Considered by many as the greatest female athlete of all time, Joyner-Kersee has won a total of six Olympic medals.
▪ In college, female athletes now make up one-third of all sports competitors, instead of a mere 15 percent.
▪ Since 1972, the number of female high school athletes soared from 300, 000 to more than 2 million.
▪ They were not prepared to use their disappointment as a stick with which to beat a fine athlete.
▪ Its purpose was social and athletic and some of the finest athletes, priests, and citizens of Chicago have been members.
▪ Hershelle Gibbs, who is a fine athlete and has a lot of cricketing potential.
▪ At the same time she was a good all-round athlete.
▪ They may not be good enough athletes or students.
▪ Wilko said he s the best athlete he has seen playing football.
▪ The Huskies continued to cull the best athletes in the West and brought them to Seattle.
▪ Pretty good athlete, pretty good student, but never really distinguished himself, either line of work.
▪ A tragedy in a way, for I thought that Allan Wells had been a great athlete.
▪ The thrills and chills come from watching great athletes play their hearts out in front of wildly partisan spectators.
▪ Even as Jones was becoming one of the greatest all-around woman athletes in the history of Texas sports, she wondered.
▪ It's like a great athlete.
▪ The greatest athletes are legendary for their powers of concentration.
▪ Power-packs Chang and Sanchez-Vicario are great athletes and so fit.
▪ He is a great athlete with a good arm.
▪ He was a top international athlete, an Olympic champion.
▪ Miss Tessa Sanderson, international athlete.
▪ Helping to put the youngsters through their paces will be qualified coaches and local junior international athletes.
▪ The Olympic athlete with a big heart.
▪ Scott recruited an Olympic athlete to hurl the hammer and London skinheads as audience extras.
▪ I can not believe it took two weeks to discover that three of our Olympic athletes had taken drugs.
▪ What was he, she thought bitterly, an Olympic athlete?
▪ Or to know more about Olympic athletes past and present.
▪ Read in studio Britain's top Olympic and paralympic athletes gathered today to celebrate the outstanding achievements in their sports.
▪ But the question still rankles: Can a participating Olympic athlete be openly gay today?
▪ Tolstikov is a wealthy professional athlete, yet he considers bananas a luxury.
▪ Rips of the quadriceps tendon are a fact of life among professional athletes who stress the tendon during jumping and running.
▪ I am retiring, leaving this column to become a professional athlete and sports climber.
▪ Critics say professional athletes have been abusing the generous California system by filing claims from out of state.
▪ But whatever the size of his paycheck, Wunderlich is still a professional athlete.
▪ And workers' compensation payments to professional athletes would be offset by any payments available under a labor contract.
▪ Nevada has no state tax and no major league teams -- but more and more residents who are high-income professional athletes.
▪ He was a top international athlete, an Olympic champion.
▪ Indeed, many top athletes and even body-builders subsist on a vegetarian diet.
▪ Would either of them have avoided bypass surgery if they had not been top athletes?
▪ Charlie Francis's cynical opinion that most of the world's top athletes are on drugs.
▪ Ron was so enthusiastic for young athletes to do well.
▪ As she walked beside Archer with her long swinging gait her face wore the vacant serenity of a young marble athlete.
▪ There is rampant use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs among young athletes..
▪ Any young athlete caught taking gifts or money risks being kicked off the team.
▪ It is not about identifying talented young athletes.
▪ Einhorn estimated about 100 to 200 young athletes die each year from the condition.
▪ Two young athletes winning on the big stage and managing to enjoy every minute of the experience.
▪ In 1981, a young athlete from a western state went into the hospital for a simple knee operation.
▪ Kenneth is a field athlete and competes nationally and internationally in javelin, shot and discus.
▪ In December and January, she collected numerous honors as the top woman athlete and top track and field athlete of 2000.
▪ In Sydney last September she became the first female track and field athlete to win five medals in a single Olympics.
▪ But their young student athletes might not be as ready as they think.
▪ An estimated 200 million people will watch on television as more than 10, 000 athletes compete in 271 events.
▪ But whereas amateur athletes often compete just for the privilege of winning, retailers compete for customers and profit.
▪ The findings are strictly confidential and we do not know if these athletes were allowed to compete.
▪ Every year races, such as the London, demonstrate how disabled and able-bodied athletes can compete side-by-side in the same competition.
▪ Kenneth is a field athlete and competes nationally and internationally in javelin, shot and discus.
▪ Previously she had come across as a driven, almost obsessed athlete, ever pushed by her father to strive for perfection.
▪ They included athletes in a number of sports.
extreme athlete/surfer/skier etc
▪ Be an extreme athlete; or better yet, look like one on your way to the grocery store.
▪ a good athlete
▪ It was discovered that three of our Olympic athletes had taken drugs.
▪ Over 150 athletes will compete in the Indoor Championships at Gateshead International Stadium.
▪ The way he got to that ball shows what a superb athlete he is.
▪ An owner invests years, a fan invests his loyalty, and, there go both, along with the athlete.
▪ Crowds enjoyed seeing a team of transvestites trounce more conventional athletes.
▪ Female speaker Atalanta was a mythical huntress and athlete.
▪ Sports Illustrated for Kids asked a handful of athletes whether they had invented anything when they were kids.
▪ The athletes would pump up their compressed-air bottles themselves, beforehand.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Athlete \Ath"lete\, n. [L. athleta, Gr. ? prizefighter, fr. ? to contend for a prize, ?, Hom. ?, contest, ? prize; fr. the same root as E. wed: cf. F. athl[`e]te.]

  1. (Antiq.) One who contended for a prize in the public games of ancient Greece or Rome.

  2. Any one trained to contend in exercises requiring great physical agility and strength; one who has great activity and strength; a champion.

  3. One fitted for, or skilled in, intellectual contests; as, athletes of debate.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Latin athleta "a wrestler, athlete, combatant in public games," from Greek athletes "prizefighter, contestant in the games," agent noun from athlein "to contest for a prize," related to athlos "a contest" and athlon "a prize," which is of unknown origin. Before 1750, usually in Latin form. In this sense, Old English had plegmann "play-man." Athlete's foot first recorded 1928, for an ailment that has been around much longer.


n. A participant in a group of sporting activities which includes track and field, road running, cross country running and racewalking.


n. a person trained to compete in sports [syn: jock]


ATHLETE (All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer) is a six-legged robotic lunar rover under development by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). ATHLETE is a testbed for systems, and is designed for use on the Moon.

The system is in development along with NASA's Johnson and Ames Centers, Stanford University and Boeing. ATHLETE is designed, for maximum efficiency, to be able to both roll and walk over a wide range of terrains.

Athlete (band)

Athlete are an English indie rock band formed in Deptford, London, comprising Joel Pott (lead vocals and guitar), Carey Willetts (bass and backing vocals), Stephen Roberts (drums and backing vocals) and Tim Wanstall ( keyboards and backing vocals).

The band had a brief period of high-profile domestic success in which their debut album Vehicles & Animals (2003) was a platinum seller in 2005 and Mercury Music Prize nomination. It was followed up by Tourist (2005) which reached No. 1 and sold over 500,000 copies allowing this album to also go platinum. Since then the band has continued to release records on regular basis. Their subsequent two albums Beyond the Neighbourhood (2007) and Black Swan (2009) sees the band exploring different styles, influenced by the works of artists such as Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

Athlete (EP)

Athlete was the debut released by British rock band Athlete. It was released in the UK as an EP on March 4, 2002 (see 2002 in music). The EP features the original versions of "Westside" and "Dungeness", which were soon to appear on the band's debut album.

Athlete (disambiguation)

An athlete is a person who participates regularly in a sport or sports that involve physical exertion, especially athletics (sports involving competitive running, jumping, throwing and walking).

Athlete or athletes may also refer to:

  • ATHLETE (All-Terrain Hex-Legged Extra-Terrestrial Explorer), a lunar rover under development by NASA
  • Athlete (band), an English indie rock band
    • Athlete (EP), a 2002 EP by Athlete
  • Athlete (film), a 2010 sports documentary film
  • Athletes (moth), a genus of Saturniinae moth
  • Athletes (film), a 1925 German silent film
Athlete (film)

Athlete (also styled as ATHLETE) is a 2010 sports documentary film directed, edited and produced by Dave Lam that examines the popularity of endurance sports through the profiles of four individuals – a cancer survivor, a blind senior citizen and twin sisters – who compete in marathons and triathlons. The film was released on DVD and video on demand on March 9, 2010.

Usage examples of "athlete".

It all looked good, including Walt, who might have posed for a statue of a Greek athlete, with asphodel or some other appropriate flower around his feet.

Another, built like an athlete, passed him so quickly that Becker was sure he was hiding something.

One-time mountain bike racer, David was appointed for a two-year stint as second in command of the Royal Marine biathlon team, in which he is basically a full-time paid athlete who spends a lot of time on skis in Norway.

The Senior Tutor was filmed cycling along the towpath by Fen Ditton coaching an eight, and was then interviewed in Hall on the dietary requirements of athletes.

Greek Venus or athlete is more humanistic, it is probably at bottom the most humanistic of all the arts, when one comes to think about it!

The jerboas or jumping mice are not only skilled athletes in the art of jumping, but they are gifted food conservers and producers as well.

He had calmly urged the hostaged athletes to be ready for an escape, but Mako had been skeptical.

Especially on bright mornings, when a few rays of sun found their way through the foliage in the yard and the ogival windows, the oblique beams, falling on the moving figures of athletes performing on the trapeze or rings, produced strange, romantic effects.

Although Betty Raye was a last-minute replacement and had never bowled or played any sport before, to her surprise, unlike the other Oatmans, she seemed to be a natural athlete.

The turrets and gables of the old houses were almost as picturesque as the scads of handsome athletes who decorated the riverscape on weekends and evenings.

Harry and Clyde were in the other elevator, using it as a pillbox to cut off the escape of Rydal and the rest of his gun-toting athletes.

Purely in the matter of thews, sinews and tonnage, I mean of course, for whereas Roderick Spode went about seeking whom he might devour and was a consistent menace to pedestrians and traffic, Stinker, though no doubt a fiend in human shape when assisting the Harlequins Rugby football club to dismember some rival troupe of athletes, was in private life a gentle soul with whom a child could have played.

And as for the games of the bedwell, let me just assure you that I am a notable athlete.

He had the wit to see that he was not likely to make a success of the traditional profession of his family, and applied himself to some mercantile persuit, and but for an occasional hint that if it had not been for the malevolence of his enemies he would have been the first athlete in Greece, he passed the rest of his life with an eminently respectable character.

Elizabethan playgoer, who was liable to have his faith in the tenderness and gentleness of Desdemona rudely shaken by the irruption on the stage of a brawny, broad-shouldered athlete, masquerading in her sweet name.