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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The activity required no ugly equipment such as exercise machines, barbells, belts or ropes... Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, "Can $20K Home-Gym Equipment Entice You to Work Out?," 17 Apr. 2019 Thomas describes a client who complained of upper-back pain when squatting with a barbell, even when using a pad on the bar. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What Is the Bulgarian Bag? All About Halle Berry’s New Favorite Strength Training Tool," 6 Mar. 2019 Here’s how to do the box squat with a barbell weight. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How to Strengthen Your Core and Lower Body With Box Squats Like Rumer Willis," 24 Jan. 2019 Your starting position should look like this: spine flat but not parallel to the floor; shoulder blades pulled down toward the hips; and barbell hovering just an inch or two off the ground when your arms are fully extended. Jay Willis, GQ, "How to Do Back Rows the Right Way, According to Personal Trainers," 31 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of barbell

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of barbell

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

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