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[bahr-bel] /ˈbɑrˌbɛl/
an apparatus used in weight-lifting, consisting of a bar with replaceable, disk-shaped weights fastened to the ends.
Origin of barbell
1885-90; bar1 + bell1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for barbell


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

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

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