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barbell

[bahr-bel] /ˈbɑrˌbɛl/
noun
1.
an apparatus used in weight-lifting, consisting of a bar with replaceable, disk-shaped weights fastened to the ends.
Origin of barbell
1885-1890
1885-90; bar1 + bell1
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  • Naomi then steadied herself in a wide leg stance in front of the barbell, propped at chest-height on a metal stand.

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  • And the voice near his ear said: "A hundred yards to go, barbell."

    Anything You Can Do Gordon Randall Garrett
  • A while later, the voice in his ear said: "A hundred yards to go, barbell."

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for barbell

barbell

/ˈbɑːˌbɛl/
noun
1.
a metal rod to which heavy discs are attached at each end for weightlifting exercises
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Word Origin and History for barbell
n.

1887, from bar (n.1) + ending from dumbbell.

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