Exercise vs Practical - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between exercise and practical
is that exercise
is any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability while practical
is (british) a part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability.
As a verb exercise
is to exert for the sake of training or improvement; to practice in order to develop.
As an adjective practical is
based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis.
Any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability.
*(Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
*:desire of knightly exercise
*(John Locke) (1632-1705)
*:an exercise of the eyes and memory
Physical activity intended to improve strength and fitness.
*:This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking.He was smooth-faced, and his fresh skin and well-developed figure bespoke the man in good physical condition through active exercise , yet well content with the world's apportionment.
A setting in action or practicing; employment in the proper mode of activity; exertion; application; use.
*(Thomas Jefferson) (1743-1826)
*:exercise of the important function confided by the constitution to the legislature
*:O we will walk this world, / Yoked in all exercise of noble end.
The performance of an office, ceremony, or duty.
*(Joseph Addison) (1672-1719)
*:Lewis refused even those of the church of Englandthe public exercise of their religion.
*(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
*:to draw him from his holy exercise
(lb) That which gives practice; a trial; a test.
*(John Milton) (1608-1674)
*:Patience is more oft the exercise / Of saints, the trial of their fortitude.
* exercise book
* exercise machine
* five-finger exercise
* floor exercise
* military exercise
To exert for the sake of training or improvement; to practice in order to develop.
To perform physical activity for health or training.
To use (a right, an option, etc.); to put into practice.
*Bible, (w) xxii. 29
*:The people of the land have used oppression and exercised robbery.
To occupy the attention and effort of; to task; to tax, especially in a painful or vexatious manner; harass; to vex; to worry or make anxious.
*(and other bibliographic particulars for citation) (John Milton)
*:Where pain of unextinguishable fire / Must exercise us without hope of end.
(lb) To set in action; to cause to act, move, or make exertion; to give employment to.
*Bible, (w) xxiv. 16
*:Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence.
*:Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence.
(British) A part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability
Based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis
Being likely to be effective and applicable to a real situation; able to be put to use
- Jack didn't get an engineering degree, but has practical knowledge of metalworking.
Of a person, having skills or knowledge that are practical
- Jack's knowledge has the practical benefit of giving us useful prototype parts.
- All in all, Jack's a very practical chap
* (based on practice or action) theoretical
* (being likely to effective and applicable to a real situation) impractical
* (of a person) impractical