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 Equipment While gym routines aren’t always easily re-created at home, think of this as an opportunity to diversify your workout without barbells, dumbbells or the elliptical. Julie Garcia,, "Not ready to return to the gym? Here’s everything you need to know to exercise outside this summer.," 26 May 2020 In addition to setting limits on how many students an adult can supervise, schools must intensify efforts to clean facilities and equipment that students use, including, for example, wiping down barbells between students lifting weights. al, "Masks, small student groups, Alabama guidelines for reopening schools," 22 May 2020 The barbell-like pairing of the $2 million Evija with the more modestly priced basic auto defines Lotus’s strategy under Chinese owner Geely Group. Christopher Jasper,, "Lotus Is Gearing Up to Build a Car You Can Drive Every Day," 28 Apr. 2020 But Pro Swings founder Stephanie Best has allowed Rhodes to work out in her garage, which stores a treadmill, a barbell, dumbbells and bumper plates. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Working Out From Home: How softball star included her dog in workout routines," 24 Apr. 2020 In total, the gym distributed about $40,000 worth of equipment, including barbells, weights, exercise bikes, rowers and mats. David Williams, CNN, "A gym owner in Illinois gave out $40,000 worth of equipment to members so they could workout from home," 14 Apr. 2020 The Bucks have done an amazing job helping get equipment to my house to just keep things going as far as barbells and dumbbells and jump ropes and bands. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Q&A: Bucks veterans George Hill and Marvin Williams discuss life during the NBA's hiatus," 21 Apr. 2020 For Kate Nye, 21, an American weight lifter, the delay means graduating from college and deferring graduate school for another year in order to continue punishing sets with the barbells and weight blocks in the garage of her Michigan home. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "Summer Olympics in Tokyo to Start on July 23, 2021," 30 Mar. 2020 Zeena Hernandez and Lisa Yang married in New York’s Prospect Park on September 28, and surprised their guests when a barbell loaded with 253-lb. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Brides Deadlift 253-Lb. Barbell After Exchanging Vows: We're Stronger 'Together'," 6 Nov. 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 10 Jul. 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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