medicine ball


: a heavy usually large ball used especially in conditioning and strengthening exercises

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Rhino Promax Slam Ball is the only leather medicine ball on our list. Rachel Kalichman, SELF, 9 Sep. 2022 Hold the medicine ball in both hands, and extend your arms overhead so that the ball rests on the floor above your head. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, 16 Mar. 2021 The material isn't scratch-proof, but didn't suffer any damage after throwing a medicine ball at it. Madison Yauger,, 22 July 2022 Have a partner throw a medicine ball to you hard and fast. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 16 June 2022 If a medicine ball is too heavy, try something simpler. Richard A. Lovett, Outside Online, 9 June 2022 Turn it into a two-arm overhead movement and hold a larger object, like a medicine ball, with both hands. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 16 June 2022 Repeatedly chucking a medicine ball against the wall is the most obvious example of a ballistic exercise. Men's Health, 31 May 2022 For the Scissor Broad Jump, his training includes grabbing a 15-pound medicine ball and doing broad jumps across the court. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of medicine ball was in 1895

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“Medicine ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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medicine ball


: a heavy usually large ball used especially for strengthening exercises
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