bench

bench
1 /bentS/ noun
1 SEAT (C) a long seat for two or more people, used especially outdoors: a park bench
2 COURT the bench
a) the seat where a judge or magistrate sits in a court of law: Would the prisoner please approach the bench?
b) the position of being a judge or magistrate in a court of law: He was appointed to the bench last year. | serve/sit on the bench (=work as a judge or magistrate)
3 POLITICS benches (plural) BrE the seats in the British parliament where members of a particular party sit: There were shouts of `resign!' from the Opposition benches.
4 TABLE (C) a long heavy table used for working on with tools or equipment: a carpenter's bench
5 SPORT (singular) a seat where members of a sports team sit when they are not playing
-see also: front bench, backbench 2 verb (T) AmE to remove a sports player from a game for a short time: The number three has been benched for aggressive behavior.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Bench — Bench, n.; pl. {Benches}. [OE. bench, benk, AS. benc; akin to Sw. b[ a]nk, Dan b[ae]nk, Icel. bekkr, OS., D., & G. bank. Cf. {Bank}, {Beach}.] 1. A long seat, differing from a stool in its greater length. [1913 Webster] Mossy benches supplied the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Bench — Bench, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Benched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Benching}.] 1. To furnish with benches. [1913 Webster] T was benched with turf. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Stately theaters benched crescentwise. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. To place on a bench… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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