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parallel bars

a gymnasium apparatus consisting of two wooden bars on uprights, adjustable in height, and used for swinging, vaulting, balancing exercises, etc.
1865-70 Unabridged
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  • But now he's headed for a date with a real courtroom judge, rather than the kind who rate one's work on the parallel bars.
  • The space should be able to accommodate a large set of parallel bars and multiple chairs.
  • For instance, the parallel bars can help if you are having problems keeping your balance or walking.
  • Minimum clearance between parallel bars shall be one diameter of the reinforcement.
  • The patients will be allowed, if needed, to hold at the parallel bars of the treadmill during exercise.
  • Spacing for parallel bars is center to center of bars.
British Dictionary definitions for parallel bars

parallel bars

plural noun
  1. (functioning as pl) a pair of wooden bars on uprights, sometimes at different heights, for various exercises
  2. (functioning as sing) an event in a gymnastic competition in which competitors exercise on such bars
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