bar·​bell | \ˈbär-ˌbel \
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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Find out what sparked a barbell blowout at the gym. Fox News, "Spoiler alert: Moderates beat back progressives in primaries," 9 Aug. 2018 Like a bodybuilder switching to heavier barbells, Allen eventually mixed in daylong fasts to his routine. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 Vinci trained at the club that Hoffman had established and worked in the barbell company’s foundry. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Chuck Vinci, Olympic Champion Weight Lifter, Dies at 85," 22 June 2018 One, decorated with sand and barbells, conjured the set of a beach workout show for Katie Austin. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Instagram Is Adding Hour-Long Videos to Take on YouTube," 20 June 2018 In the snatch, the lifter raises the barbell from the floor to above his head in one motion. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Armstrong: West Aurora's Will Easley finds his way in Olympic weightlifting competitions," 30 June 2018 Like nearby competitors, chief among them the YMCA of Greater Louisville, the center will offer a variety of classes — boot camps, Zumba, Pilates, group cycling, yoga and barbell classes — for no additional fee. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Downtown Louisville gets a gleaming new gym, thanks to Humana," 21 June 2018 But the real action was captured in a workout video posted to YouTube, featuring the 37-year-old actress mastering barbell hip thrusts, hanging tuck ups, dumbbell rows, deadlifts and more. Stephanie Petit,, "Jenna Dewan Twerks Through Her 'Late-Night' Fitness Routine Following Split from Channing Tatum," 26 Apr. 2018 Find An Incline Place your hands at bellybutton height on a barbell on a Smith machine at the gym or put them on a countertop at home. Jacqueline Andriakos,, "This Push-Up Challenge Will Make You So Much Stronger," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of barbell

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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