: a conditioning exercise performed in a prone position by raising and lowering the body with the straightening and bending of the arms while keeping the back straight and supporting the body on the hands and toes

Examples of push-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Planks, push-ups, lunges, squats and pointers can all build strength, and regular stretching can cultivate flexibility. Danielle Friedman, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2024 The punishment for being late was stair climbs or push-ups. Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024 Those efforts have been on display at an array of events: Ramaswamy hosting town halls and offering free drinks on college campuses, challenging college students to push-up contests, and recording TikTok dances with YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul. Allison Novelo, CBS News, 11 Jan. 2024 Teammates at a prior firm recall breaking into push-up and burpee contests on their office floors. Bre Badham, Fortune, 9 Jan. 2024 Even with solid coordination for his size, Screen couldn't do a single push-up his freshman year. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Jan. 2024 Exercises like push-ups, squats, sit-ups, lunges, and planks can improve muscle endurance. Jenny McCoy, Health, 4 Dec. 2023 For each one, every player would have to do one up-down, an exercise where players drop down to a push-up position then bounce back up. Billy Witz, New York Times, 23 Dec. 2023 The Evelyn Bra is like a push-up bra but much more comfortable and less detectable underneath your clothes. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 15 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of push-up was in 1897

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“Push-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/push-up. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an exercise performed while lying facedown by raising and lowering the body with the straightening and bending of the arms
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