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bench

noun \ ˈbench \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of bench

1 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
2 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
3 a : the office or dignity of an official
b : a seat for an official
c : the officials occupying a bench
4 a : a long worktable; also : laboratory
  • bench chemist
  • bench test
b : a table forming part of a machine
5 : terrace, shelf: such 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
6 : a compartmented platform on which dogs or cats are kept at a show when not being judged

Examples of bench in a Sentence

  1. The lawyer asked if he could approach the bench.

  2. her recent appointment to the bench

Recent Examples of bench from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of bench

Middle English, from Old English benc; akin to Old High German bank bench


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bench

verb

Definition of bench

transitive verb
1 : to furnish with benches
2 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
3 : to exhibit (dogs or cats) to the public on a bench
4 : to lift (a weight) in a bench press
  • bench 200 pounds
intransitive verb
: to form a bench by natural processes

Examples of bench in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of bench from the Web

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First Known Use of bench

14th century


Bench

biographical name \ ˈbench \

Definition of Bench

Johnny (Lee) 1947–     American baseball player


BENCH Defined for English Language Learners

bench

noun

Definition of bench for English Language Learners

  • : 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


bench

verb

Definition of bench for English Language Learners

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


BENCH Defined for Kids

bench

noun \ ˈbench \

Definition of bench for Students

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

Law Dictionary

bench

noun

legal Definition of bench

1 : the place where a judge sits in court
  • asked counsel to approach the bench
— compare bar 1a, dock, jury box, sidebar, stand
2 : the court or system of courts serving an area
  • the federal bench
3 a : the office of a judge
  • appointed to the bench
b : the body of persons who hold positions as judges
  • members of the bench and bar
— compare bar 2a
c : a judge or panel of judges hearing a case
  • unless the lawyer is responding to a question from the bench
  • —R. H. Bork


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