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parallel bars

(used with a plural verb) a gymnasium apparatus consisting of two wooden bars on uprights, adjustable in height, and used for swinging, vaulting, balancing exercises, etc.
(used with a singular or plural verb) a competitive event for men on such an apparatus.
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First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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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