(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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Origin of parallel bars
First recorded in 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for parallel bars
- (functioning as plural) a pair of wooden bars on uprights, sometimes at different heights, for various exercises
- (functioning as singular) an event in a gymnastic competition in which competitors exercise on such bars
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