work·​bench | \ˈwərk-ˌbench \

Definition of workbench 

: a bench on which work especially of mechanics, machinists, and carpenters is performed

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But a few were individuals from Southeast Michigan just looking for some tools, a workbench, and even a piece of history. David Kiley, Popular Mechanics, "GM Makes Money, Closes Factories," 15 Nov. 2010 The new contract services shop, equipped with such wood shop staples as a table saw, band saw, drill press, sanding equipment and workbench, is to be staffed by some of the 18 shop technicians who now help members with shop equipment. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Baltimore's Open Works launches commercial fabrication shop; aims for a manufacturing renaissance," 2 July 2018 His workbench is nestled in one of the densest commercial hives in the city, in a building largely occupied by jewelry merchants. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "The Exacting Art of Saxophone Repair," 1 June 2018 The firm offered more seats in conference rooms, smaller huddle rooms, workbenches and a cafe. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Don’t Get Too Used to Your Own Desk," 15 May 2018 Groupings of couches, easy chairs and coffee tables alternate with rows of workbenches. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF startup makes new office a home with no-shoes policy," 9 May 2018 Underneath them is an old Belgian workbench, tattered and brazen in a proud industrial sort of way, that Anderson deems one of his favorite finds. Lacy Morris, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: A Country Home Plays With Gothic Decor," 29 May 2017 Those were the workbenches of the Thai masseuses who, equipped with bottles of coconut oil and years of experience, kneaded, poked, rapped and wrapped our feet and calves. New York Times, "Taking to the River in Thailand," 10 Apr. 2018 Butterfield said to the group of high school students gathered near his workbench. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "West Hartford, Farmington High School Students Learn About Career Options," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of workbench

circa 1675, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of workbench

: a long table that people use when they are working with tools


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Kids Definition of workbench

: a bench on which work is done (as by mechanics)

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