the act, art, or sport of lifting barbells of given poundages in a prescribed manner, as a competitive event or conditioning exercise.

1895–1900; weight + lifting

weightlifter, noun
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weightlifting (ˈweɪtˌlɪftɪŋ)
the sport of lifting barbells of specified weights in a prescribed manner for competition or exercise

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The bacteria were likely spread among players through shared towels, whirlpool baths, and weightlifting equipment.
He notes that weightlifting and smaller ballparks also played a role in pumping up the number of home runs.
Weightlifting still struggling to escape its sordid history.
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