a weightlifting exercise in which one lies supine on a bench and with both hands pushes a barbell or fixed weight upward from chest level to arm's length and then lowers it back to chest level: usually repeated in sets.
one complete repetition of this exercise.
this exercise as an event in weightlifting competition.
Origin of bench press
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to perform a bench press with (a weight):
He is small but can bench-press more than 400 pounds.