[ bench ]
/ bɛntʃ /


verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. benbow, john,
  2. benbrook,
  3. bence-jones protein,
  4. bence-jones proteinuria,
  5. bence-jones reaction,
  6. bench check,
  7. bench dog,
  8. bench hook,
  9. bench jockey,
  10. bench press


    on the bench,
    1. serving as a judge in a court of law; presiding.
    2. Sports. (of a player) not participating in play, either for part or all of a game.

Origin of bench

before 1000; Middle English, Old English benc; cognate with Old Frisian benk, Old Saxon, Dutch, Old High German bank, Old Norse bekkr < Germanic *bank-i-; see bank1

Related formsbench·less, adjectiveun·bench, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for benching


/ (bɛntʃ) /


verb (tr)

Word Origin for bench

Old English benc; related to Old Norse bekkr, Old High German bank, Danish, Swedish bänk; see bank ³

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Word Origin and History for benching
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Idioms and Phrases with benching


see on the bench; warm the bench.

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