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horizontal bar

noun, Gymnastics.
a bar fixed in a position parallel to the floor or ground, for use in chinning and other exercises.
an event in gymnastic competitions, judged on strength and grace while performing specific movements on such a bar.
Also called high bar.
Origin of horizontal bar
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Randle-bar, ran′dl-bar, n. the horizontal bar in an open chimney on which cooking-vessels are hung.

  • The banks of keys were broad and there was a kind of chair, or stool, fixed on a horizontal bar in front of them.

    The Enormous Room Horace Leonard Gold
  • In horizontal bar exercises the “breast-up” is executed in the same way, but it is seldom used in getting up on the bar.

  • For in the Gym they came across Hugh disporting himself on the horizontal bar, where he performed cleverly.

    King of Ranleigh F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • After the first fortnight try hanging by the two hands on the horizontal bar and swinging lightly back and forth.

  • This is done by means of a horizontal bar placed behind the knife and parallel with it.

    Paper-Cutting Machines Niel, Jr., Gray
  • Within six vesica-shaped panels are placed quatrefoil ornaments, each divided by a horizontal bar.

  • Next I grasped a horizontal bar and chinned myself fifty times with one hand.

    The Double Spy Dan T. Moore
  • For this purpose a horizontal bar armed with vertical cutting chisels is used, which cuts Shaft boring.

  • A couple of pronged sticks are driven into the ground to serve as props for a horizontal bar.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
British Dictionary definitions for horizontal bar

horizontal bar

(gymnastics) a raised bar on which swinging and vaulting exercises are performed Also called high bar
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