[ bench ]
/ bɛntʃ /
a long seat for several persons: a bench in the park.
a seat occupied by an official, especially a judge.
such a seat as a symbol of the office and dignity of an individual judge or the judiciary.
the office or dignity of various other officials, or the officials themselves.
- 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.
Informal. bench press.
Also called workbench. the strong worktable of a carpenter or other mechanic.
a platform on which animals are placed for exhibition, especially at a dog show.
a contest or exhibition of dogs; dog show.
Physical Geography. a shelflike area of rock with steep slopes above and below.
Mining. a step or working elevation in a mine.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with benches.
to seat on a bench or on the bench: an election that benched him in the district court.
to place (a show dog or other animal) in exhibition.
to cut away the working faces of (a mine or quarry) in benches.
Sports. to remove from a game or keep from participating in a game: to be benched because of poor hitting.
Words nearby bench
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.
on the bench,
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
OTHER WORDS FROM benchbench·less, adjectiveun·bench, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for benching
/ (bɛntʃ) /
a long seat for more than one person, usually lacking a back or arms
a plain stout worktable
the bench (sometimes capital)
- a judge or magistrate sitting in court in a judicial capacity
- judges or magistrates collectively
sport the seat on which reserve players and officials sit during a game
geology a flat narrow platform of land, esp one marking a former shoreline
a ledge in a mine or quarry from which work is carried out
(in a gymnasium) a low table, which may be inclined, used for various exercises
a platform on which dogs or other domestic animals are exhibited at shows
NZ a hollow on a hillside formed by sheep
to provide with benches
to exhibit (a dog, etc) at a show
NZ to form (a track) up a hill by excavating a flattened area
US and Canadian sport to take or keep (a player) out of a game, often for disciplinary reasons
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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Idioms and Phrases with benching
see on the bench; warm the bench.
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