- 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.
verb (used with object)
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Idioms for 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 benchbenchless, adjectiveun·bench, verb (used with object)
Definition for bench (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for bench
To get into the starting position, consider moving your weights to a bench first and then lifting them into position rather than lifting them directly from the floor.
Tiana Mangakahia watches a November 2019 Syracuse game from the bench next to teammate Taleah Washington.After Beating Cancer, This Syracuse Point Guard Is Coming For The Record Books|Howard Megdal|November 17, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Unlike his first two games this season, when he came off the bench after taking limited reps in practice, Smith will get all the practice reps with Washington’s first-team offense this week.So much has changed since Alex Smith last started for Washington. The offense might, too.|Nicki Jhabvala|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
If you see vendors hustling between tables and mostly Moroccans filling the benches, you’ll know you’re in the right spot.
The raised platform also gives you a bench to sit on when you’re changing, unpacking, or taking off shoes.A Camp Cot Is the Key to Sleeping Well in the Woods|Graham Averill|November 9, 2020|Outside Online
"No, no; I'm not hurt," she panted, sinking on the cushioned benching where usually rows of semi-sea-sick people were lying.The Kentons|William Dean Howells
Before drawing my remarks to a close, I would briefly indicate the nature of the various machines shown upon the power benching.
The closing of the door behind Northwick roused a little black figure drooping forward on the benching in one corner.The Quality of Mercy|W. D. Howells
British Dictionary definitions for bench
- a judge or magistrate sitting in court in a judicial capacity
- judges or magistrates collectively
Word Origin for bench
Idioms and Phrases with bench
see on the bench; warm the bench.