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