bar·​bell | \ ˈbär-ˌbel How to pronounce barbell (audio) \
plural barbells

Definition of barbell

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

Examples of barbell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stand holding the barbell with an underhand grip slightly wider than shoulder-width. Men's Health, 24 Apr. 2022 For example, in a recent study by Norwegian researchers, a group of 17 runners experienced a 21-percent increase in aerobic endurance after doing heavy barbell half-squats for eight weeks. Matt Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 24 Nov. 2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger famously employed friends to add and remove barbell plates to achieve this effect during his bodybuilding career. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 12 Feb. 2022 Teo's not alone in stepping away from the barbell bench press—Men's Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. also quit the classic gym staple for some time. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 8 Feb. 2022 While other pilots got to test the track during informal trainings for the monobob competition, Meyers Taylor was left lifting a barbell in her hotel. Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2022 One built a makeshift house out of plywood on the back of an 18-wheeler; another set up an outdoor gym with a bench press, dumbbells, and a barbell looped through two fuel cans. Nate Hochman, National Review, 15 Feb. 2022 While other pilots got to test the track during unofficial trainings, Meyers Taylor was lifting a barbell and doing short sprints in her isolation hotel room. Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Here’s a list of weight training equipment that will serve you best: Olympic barbell and plates. Kyle Norman, Outside Online, 10 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of barbell

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Barbell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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