- the seat on which the players of a team sit during a game while not playing.
- thequality and number of the players of a team who are usually used as substitutes: A weak bench hurt their chances for the championship.
verb (used with object)
- serving as a judge in a court of law; presiding.
- Sports.(of a player) not participating in play, either for part or all of a game.
Origin of bench
Examples from the Web for bench
Contemporary Examples of bench
At night jineteras stalk the promenade in search of tourists while a trumpet from a bench serenades the proceedings.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
Then you have to get judges onto the bench who agree with you.A Reminder: Our Justices are Politicians in Robes
November 13, 2014
But watching this from what I call my “bench on the beach” in Delaware I had been watching [Ebola coverage] all summer.Meet America’s New Top Ebola Fighter
September 26, 2014
Through most of that session he was lying on a bench, his hands and feet bound with tape.A Torture Survivor on Ukraine's Tortured Ceasefire
September 11, 2014
He tried to make a comeback with the Eagles during the 1946 season, but he weighed 225 and was soon riding the bench.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life
September 6, 2014
Historical Examples of bench
Viviette seated herself on a bench beneath the apple blossoms.Viviette
William J. Locke
When she found him on his bench, however, she passed him by.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Rico went into the room, seated himself on a bench, and did not stir.
At last he went towards the bench behind the stove, and put them down on it.
The club then adjourned to the outside, all except those who sat on the bench.In the Midst of Alarms
- a judge or magistrate sitting in court in a judicial capacity
- judges or magistrates collectively
Word Origin for bench
Old English benc "long seat," from Proto-Germanic *bankiz "bank of earth," perhaps here "man-made earthwork," later "bench, table" (cf. Old Frisian bank "bench," Old Norse bekkr, Danish bænk, Middle Dutch banc, Old High German banch), from PIE root *bheg- "to break." Used for "office of a judge" since late 13c. Sporting sense "reserve of players" (in baseball, North American football, etc.) is by 1909, from literal sense of place where players sit when not in action (by 1889).
"to take out of the game," 1902, from bench (n.) in the sporting sense. Related: Benched; benching. Old English also had a verb form, but it meant "to make benches."
see on the bench; warm the bench.