work·​bench | \ ˈwərk-ˌbench \

Definition of workbench

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

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Prep the Work Area Prepare a clean, flat, hard surface for cutting glass, such as a sturdy workbench or thick piece of plywood. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Cut Glass," 11 Feb. 2019 Folding out in horizontal segments, this tailgate has more positions than a yoga master class, including a workbench position, perfectly elevated at about chest height—which Dad could have used, along with a leather apron. Dan Neil, WSJ, "A Luxury Truck Showdown: Ram 1500 vs. GMC Sierra," 11 Oct. 2018 My kitchen counter has a very light faux-marble veneer, but, the workbench in my office, like me, dates back to the 1970s. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Puppy Cube mini-review: 720p limits the potential, but it works surprisingly well," 30 Oct. 2018 Hotel Yan Beyond an untidy metal lattice exterior is a surprisingly on-point lobby that resembles a hip coworking space, with long tables and workbenches, a cafe-bar and mod chandeliers. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Hotels in Singapore," 28 Feb. 2018 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

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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


work·​bench | \ ˈwərk-ˌbench \

Kids Definition of workbench

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

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