Meaning of bench press

bench' press"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. 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.
  2. one complete repetition of this exercise.
  3. this exercise as an event in weightlifting competition.


Pronunciation: (bench'pres"), [key]
— v.t., v.i.
  1. to perform a bench press with (a weight): He is small but can bench-press more than 400 pounds.
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