bench press


noun

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

Definition for bench press (2 of 2)

bench-press
[ 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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British Dictionary definitions for bench press

bench press

noun

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

verb bench-press

(intr) to carry out one or more bench presses
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