a weightlifting exercise in which one lies supine on a bench and with both hands pushes a barbell or fixed weight upward from chest level to arm's length and then lowers it back to chest level: usually repeated in sets.
one complete repetition of this exercise.
this exercise as an event in weightlifting competition.
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Origin of bench press
First recorded in 1975–80
Words nearby bench press
Definition for bench press (2 of 2)
[ bench-pres ]
/ ˈbɛntʃˌprɛs /
verb (used with or without object)
to perform a bench press with (a weight): He is small but can bench-press more than 400 pounds.
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Example sentences from the Web for bench press
He looked kind of odd, but he could bench-press four hundred and fifty pounds—three times his weight!
“They could probably tear a tree down with their hands,” says Bartee, recalling how Davis used to bench-press 400 pounds.
British Dictionary definitions for bench press
a weight-training exercise in which a person lies on a bench and pushes a barbell upwards with both hands from chest level until the arms are straight, then lowers it again
(intr) to carry out one or more bench presses
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