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

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Recent Examples on the Web The user keys in whatever gym equipment is available, such as barbells, bench press or medicine balls. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, "Fitness Apps That Find a Way to Stick Around," 29 Jan. 2020 And this upper-body barbell workout is a good place to start. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "Work Your Chest, Back, and Shoulders With This Upper-Body Barbell Workout," 12 Jan. 2020 While the couple weightlift, the act of deadlifting — when an athlete lifts a barbell from the ground to the level of the hips before placing it back down — is not their specialty. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Brides Deadlift 253-Lb. Barbell After Exchanging Vows: We're Stronger 'Together'," 6 Nov. 2019 To add weight, rest a barbell straight against your pelvis. Gabrielle Kassel,, "6 Exercises To Get A Bigger Butt," 6 Aug. 2019 Some anglerfish have a long barbell extending from the lower jaw as well as a rod above. William J. Broad, New York Times, "The Creepy Anglerfish Comes to Light. (Just Don’t Get Too Close.)," 29 July 2019 Malleswari, who lived in Haryana, had trained in a thatched shed with barbells made from bamboo and rocks. The Economist, "In the ring with India’s most powerful woman," 25 Oct. 2019 Along the way, players can pick up tokens, such as a barbell, a glass or a jet plane. Katie Mettler, Washington Post, "A new Monopoly game celebrates innovative women — and pays them more than men," 10 Sep. 2019 Like dumbbells, barbells, or any other free weights, resistance bands provide external resistance that your muscles have to work against. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Why Everyone Should Own a Set of Mini Resistance Bands," 24 Mar. 2019

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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 23 Feb. 2020.

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

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