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[blee-cher] /ˈbli tʃər/
Usually, bleachers. a typically roofless section of inexpensive and unreserved seats in tiers, especially at an open-air athletic stadium.
a person or thing that bleaches.
a container, as a vat or tank, used in bleaching.
Origin of bleacher
1540-50; 1885-90 for def 1; bleach + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The other well was made by a bleacher in the neighbourhood of Lisburn in Ireland.

  • The beating of the bleacher's hammer was also heard faintly from afar off.

  • I want to make it clear that the opportunities for going wrong with the bleacher are very small indeed.

  • The distant sound of the bleacher's hammer reached their ears, and reminded him of the sound he had heard in the Yûgao's house.

  • It is extensively employed by the bleacher, dyer, calico-printer, and enameller.

  • Linen and cotton are the whitest of materials, after passing through the hands of the chemist or the bleacher.

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  • One tablespoonful of borax to every gallon of water added to each boilerful, serves as a bleacher and disinfectant.

  • This has to be removed before the goods can be considered a good white, which it is the aim of every bleacher they should be.

Word Origin and History for bleacher

1540s, "one who bleaches," agent noun from bleach (v.). The "bench for spectators at a sports field" sense (usually bleachers) is attested since 1889, American English; so named because the boards were bleached by the sun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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