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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.
Origin of parallel bars
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The gates were parallel bars of cloud, with the west wind for warden.

    The Witch of Salem John R. Musick
  • It can be constructed of parallel bars supported by upright poles firmly fixed on to the heavy base.

    The Montessori Method Maria Montessori
  • Above the fire stretched two parallel bars supported on forked stakes.

    Sir Christopher Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • This apparatus can be finished in the same way as the parallel bars just described.

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
  • On the wrong side, the stitches should appear in parallel bars lying on the woof or filling thread.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • I first attempted the parallel bars, but they were never intended for men of my breadth.

  • On the parallel bars, several beneficial exercises may be done, and also on the bridge.

    The Book of Sports: William Martin
  • He lacks the muscle for a good gymnast, and at the parallel bars, or the fixed bar, he is the despair of his instructors.

    Georges Guynemer Henry Bordeaux
  • They ran hundred-yard sprints on the cinder path and executed clumsy feats on the rings and on the parallel bars.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • The most important exercises on the parallel bars are called the “dip” and the “grasshopper.”

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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