noun (used with a singular verb)

  1. a system of physical conditioning involving low-impact exercises and stretches designed to strengthen muscles of the torso and often performed with specialized equipment.


  1. a system of gentle exercise performed lying down that stretches and lengthens the muscles, designed to improve posture, flexibility, etc

c.1980, physical fitness regimen developed c.1920 by German-born physical fitness teacher Joseph Pilates (1883-1967).

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