pommel horse


: a gymnastics apparatus for swinging and balancing feats that consists of a padded rectangular or cylindrical form with two pommels on the top and that is supported in a horizontal position above the floor
: an event in which the pommel horse is used

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Examples of pommel horse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The four-time All-American helped UCLA to an NCAA title in 1987 and won individual NCAA titles on pommel horse in 1989 and the high bar in 1990. Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2022 Alec Yoder was brilliant on pommel horse. Will Graves, baltimoresun.com, 25 June 2021 Yoder will compete on the pommel horse. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 21 July 2021 At July’s US Classic, Nedoroscik earned an impressive 14.743 on pommel horse despite a fall, winning the event. Kat Cornetta, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2022 The pommel horse is a large, slow-moving beast often found quietly grazing in the dusty storage areas of school auditoriums and community halls. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 12 Dec. 2012 With his main competitor on the apparatus, Alec Yoder, now retired, a national pommel horse title is well within Nedoroscik’s grasp. Kat Cornetta, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2022 One child ran into its side after jumping from a springboard (allegedly the pommel horse side-stepped after the child had launched him or herself into the air). Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 12 Dec. 2012 Today, women artistic gymnasts compete for individual and team all-around titles in four events (vault, uneven bars, beam and floor), while male gymnasts compete in six events (floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar). Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pommel horse was in 1908

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“Pommel horse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pommel%20horse. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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