Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A weight consisting of a short bar with a metal ball or disk at each end that is lifted for muscular development and exercise.
  • n. Slang A stupid person; a dolt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A weight consisting of two disks or spheres attached to a short bar; used for exercise and weight training
  • n. A stupid person

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An exercising weight, consisting of two spheres or spheroids, connected by a short bar for a handle; used (often in pairs) for gymnastic exercise.
  • n. an ignorant or foolish person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a pair of weights, each consisting of two balls joined by a bar, intended to be swung in the hands for the sake of muscular exercise, made of iron, or for very light exercise of hard wood.
  • n. In bacterial., a diplococcus: so called from its shape.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an exercising weight; two spheres connected by a short bar that serves as a handle
  • n. an ignorant or foolish person

Etymologies

From an apparatus similar to that used in ringing a church bell, but without the bell, used for practice or physical exercise.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Northgate included a single department store, but the standard arrangement, called a dumbbell plan, had two department stores, one at each end of a pedestrian promenade.

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  • In one small case, you can create up to two fifteen-pound dumbbells or one thirty-pound dumbbell, which is what you will soon need.

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  • Together, the two ends of the dumbbell were a pair of magnetic dipoles and opposites of each other, but were separated by a significant distance.

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  • We need a way to divide the mind into parts that is more meaningful than crude folk psychology "dumbbell" two part distinctions such as conscious v. unconscious, premeditated v. impulsive, etc.

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  • And what I tried to do in using that term "dumbbell," was to call it into question and say, well, what if we try to understand him not as a dumbbell, but as a kind of text?

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  • Overhead is the double-ended "dumbbell" Tesla coil with its electrodes with the double toroid primary.

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  • There is a double-ended "dumbbell" Tesla coil suspended from the ceiling.

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  • When bending over for an exercise, such as dumbbell rows, keep the back flat or slightly arched to protect the back from injury.

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  • (as taught by a fitness pro), you'll gain more lean body mass using compound movements than doing "isolation" exercises, such as dumbbell curls, butterfly presses, and calf raises.

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  • Anyone who's ever trained with me knows that I'm the first guy to lift up his shirt at the drop of a dumbbell.

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