from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. An apparatus for gymnastic exercises consisting of two horizontal bars set parallel to each other in adjustable upright supports and used mainly for swinging maneuvers.
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- n. A set of apparatus consisting of two horizontal bars at a small distance apart, used by male gymnasts, upon which acts of swinging and holding and jumping are performed.
- n. A gymnastics event using the parallel bars.
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- n. gymnastic apparatus consisting of two parallel wooden rods supported on uprights
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The sternest bachelor was a boy once, and he will have a sort of retrospective enjoyment of our great play-house in conjuring up his own youthful image swinging from the rings, leaping over the horses, and exercising on the parallel bars of our gymnasium.