noun \ˈbench\

: a long and usually hard seat for two or more people

the bench law : the place where a judge sits in a court of law

: the position or rank of a judge

Full Definition of BENCH

a :  a long seat for two or more persons
b :  a thwart in a boat
c (1) :  a seat on which the members of an athletic team await a turn or opportunity to play
(2) :  the reserve players on a team; broadly :  a reserve force
a :  the seat where a judge sits in court
b :  the place where justice is administered :  court
c :  the office or dignity of a judge <sat on the bench for 20 years>
d :  the persons who sit as judges
a :  the office or dignity of an official
b :  a seat for an official
c :  the officials occupying a bench
a :  a long worktable; also :  laboratory <bench chemist> <bench test>
b :  a table forming part of a machine
:  terrace, shelf: as
a :  a former wave-cut shore of a sea or lake or floodplain of a river
b :  a shelf or ridge formed in working an open excavation on more than one level
:  a compartmented platform on which dogs or cats are kept at a show when not being judged

Examples of BENCH

  1. The lawyer asked if he could approach the bench.
  2. her recent appointment to the bench

Origin of BENCH

Middle English, from Old English benc; akin to Old High German bank bench
First Known Use: before 12th century



sports : to not allow (a player) to play in a game : to put (a player) on the bench

Full Definition of BENCH

transitive verb
:  to furnish with benches
a :  to seat on a bench
b (1) :  to remove from or keep out of a game; broadly :  to remove from use or from a position
(2) :  to remove from the starting lineup
:  to exhibit (dogs or cats) to the public on a bench
:  to lift (a weight) in a bench press <bench 200 pounds>
intransitive verb
:  to form a bench by natural processes

Examples of BENCH

  1. The manager benched one of his most popular players.

First Known Use of BENCH

14th century


biographical name \ˈbench\

Definition of BENCH

Johnny (Lee) 1947– Am. baseball player
BENCH Defined for Kids


noun \ˈbench\

Definition of BENCH for Kids

:  a long seat for two or more persons <a park bench>
:  a long table for holding work and tools <a carpenter's bench>
:  the position or rank of a judge
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