- 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)
Other definitions for bench (2 of 2)
How to use bench in a sentence
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
Other Idioms and Phrases with bench
see on the bench; warm the bench.