pommel horse


Definition of pommel horse

1 : 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
2 : 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 Fifteen years later, at the first modern Olympic Games, male gymnasts competed in six individual events (horizontal and parallel bars, pommel horse, rings, rope climbing and vault) and two team ones. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 July 2021 The two events without any comparison in the women's competition are the pommel horse and the still rings, both heavily reliant on the upper body. Emily Adams, USA TODAY, 27 June 2021 Bower made top five on three events — pommel horse, floor and vaulting — but 10th on high bar and 14th rings and parallel bars. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 26 June 2021 Worcester’s Stephen Nedoroscik won the first pommel horse gold for the United States with 15.266 points at the gymnastics world championships in Kitakyushu, Japan. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Oct. 2021 He was named to the U.S. national team from 1989 to 1997 and won U.S. titles in the all-around in 1991 and on pommel horse from 1991 to 1993. Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2022 For most of modern gymnastics history, the vault looked like the pommel horse without handles. Claire Galofaro, chicagotribune.com, 3 Aug. 2021 For most of modern gymnastics history, the vault looked like the pommel horse without handles. Claire Galofaro, chicagotribune.com, 3 Aug. 2021 The Indianapolis gymnast finished fifth on pommel horse Saturday in the World Championships at Kitakyushu. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pommel horse

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pommel horse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pommel%20horse. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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