a weight-lifting exercise, performed while one is lying on a bench with the feet on the floor, in which a barbell is pushed upward from the chest until the arms are fully extended
Origin of bench presssee press, noun
A lift in weightlifting that is executed from a usually horizontal position on a bench, in which the weight is lifted from the chest to arm's length and then lowered back to the chest.
transitive verbbench-pressed, bench-press·ing, bench-press·es
To lift (barbells, for example) from a horizontal position on a bench.
(plural bench presses)
(third-person singular simple present bench presses, present participle bench pressing, simple past and past participle bench pressed)