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.

Nearby words

  1. parallactic ellipse,
  2. parallactic motion,
  3. parallax,
  4. parallax test,
  5. parallel,
  6. parallel circuit,
  7. parallel cousin,
  8. parallel cousin marriage,
  9. parallel evolution,
  10. parallel forces

Origin of parallel bars

First recorded in 1865–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for parallel bars

parallel bars

pl n

  1. (functioning as plural)a pair of wooden bars on uprights, sometimes at different heights, for various exercises
  2. (functioning as singular)an event in a gymnastic competition in which competitors exercise on such bars
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