- a direct lifting without any mechanical assistance, as of a dead weight
- Archaic a difficult task requiring all one's power
- Weight Lifting a type of exercise in which a person lifts a barbell off the floor, stands up straight, and holds the weight hanging downward at arm's length
See dead lift in American Heritage Dictionary 4
A lift in weightlifting in which the weight is lifted from the floor to the level of the hips and then lowered by controlled effort to the floor.