- the seat on which the players of a team sit during a game while not playing.
- the quality and number of the players of a team who are usually used as substitutes: A weak bench hurt their chances for the championship.
- the quality and number of professionals or experts in reserve, to be called upon as needed: The country has a deep bench of scientists.
Idioms about bench
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM benchbench·less, adjectiveun·bench, verb (used with object)
Words nearby bench
Other definitions for bench (2 of 2)
How to use bench in a sentence
Meanwhile the Toronto Raptors never faced much in the way of a threat from the Brooklyn Nets, but they put on an impressive first-round performance all the same — especially their bench shooting 100 in Game 4.
We don’t get opposing benches essentially hovering over corner shooters.
The clear baseline has been much-discussed as one of the benefits of bubble play, but I also like the fact that benches are farther away from the sideline.
Nurse and company remained unsurprisingly willing to vary their level of aggression within and outside of their base schemes from night to night, against every type of action and overall, with the starters and with the bench.The Raptors’ Defense Is Almost Never The Same, But It’s Always Really Good|Jared Dubin|August 17, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
I think you have seen some excellent talent in the first term of this administration, but quite frankly, our bench really isn’t all that deep.Will Covid-19 Spark a Cold War (or Worse) With China? (Ep. 414)|Stephen J. Dubner|April 23, 2020|Freakonomics
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|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then you have to get judges onto the bench who agree with you.
A workout bench: they would lift weights in between sessions.
The federal bench will be harmed by dozens of vacancies going unfilled, causing a case backlog.If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday|Jonathan Alter|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But watching this from what I call my “bench on the beach” in Delaware I had been watching [Ebola coverage] all summer.
Before the spinet a bench was placed about four feet below the keys, and I was put upon the bench.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
The tattered outcast dozes on his bench while the chariot of the wealthy is drawn by.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
Outside the hotel he came upon the two sisters sitting on a bench and drinking coffee.
He stood before the glass hung above the wash bench and 369 smoothed his hair.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
At the hotel he found the bench outside occupied chiefly by Jean.
British Dictionary definitions for bench
- a judge or magistrate sitting in court in a judicial capacity
- judges or magistrates collectively
Word Origin for bench
Other Idioms and Phrases with bench
see on the bench; warm the bench.