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sports : a pair of long bars on posts that are parallel to each other and are used in gymnastics
Full Definition of PARALLEL BARS
: a pair of usually wooden bars supported horizontally above the floor at the same height or at different heights usually by a common base and used in gymnastics
: an event in gymnastics competition in which even or uneven parallel bars are used
First Known Use of PARALLEL BARS
Paul Hamm (U.S.) competing on the parallel bars during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.—Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Event in men's gymnastics in which a pair of wooden bars supported horizontally above the floor at the same height is used to perform acrobatic feats. Competitors combine swings and vaults with stationary positions requiring strength and balance, though swings and vaults must predominate. It has been included as an Olympic gymnastics event since the modern games began in 1896. See alsouneven parallel bars.