barbell

noun bar·bell \ ˈbär-ˌbel \
|Updated on: 27 May 2018

Definition of barbell

plural barbells
1 : a bar with adjustable weighted disks attached to each end that is used for exercise and in weight lifting
2 : something that resembles a barbell; especially : an ornament that consists of a small, thin metal rod with a ball or bead at each end and that is worn on the body as a piercing
  • Five years later, he has had eight ear piercings, a barbell on his lower lip and another silver barbell through his tongue.
  • —Anne Llamada Estonillo

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First Known Use of barbell

1873

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of barbell for English Language Learners

  • : a metal bar with weights at each end that is used for exercise and in weight lifting



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