Definitions for: Bench


[n] a long seat for more than one person
[n] a strong worktable for a carpenter or mechanic
[n] persons who administer justice
[n] the reserve players on a team; "our team has a strong bench"
[n] the magistrate or judge or judges sitting in court in judicial capacity to compose the court collectively
[n] a level shelf of land interrupting a declivity (with steep slopes above and below)
[v] exhibit on a bench; of animals such as dogs at shows
[v] take out of a game; of players



Webster (1913) Definition: Bench, n.; pl. Benches. [OE. bench, benk, AS. benc;
akin to Sw. b["a]nk, Dan b[ae]nk, Icel. bekkr, OS., D., & G.
bank. Cf. Bank, Beach.]
1. A long seat, differing from a stool in its greater length.

Mossy benches supplied the place of chairs. --Sir W.
Scott.

2. A long table at which mechanics and other work; as, a
carpenter's bench.

3. The seat where judges sit in court.

To pluck down justice from your awful bench. --Shak.

4. The persons who sit as judges; the court; as, the opinion
of the full bench. See King's Bench.

5. A collection or group of dogs exhibited to the public; --
so named because the animals are usually placed on benches
or raised platforms.

6. A conformation like a bench; a long stretch of flat
ground, or a kind of natural terrace, near a lake or
river.

Bench mark (Leveling), one of a number of marks along a
line of survey, affixed to permanent objects, to show
where leveling staffs were placed.

Bench of bishops, the whole body of English prelates
assembled in council.

Bench plane, any plane used by carpenters and joiners for
working a flat surface, as jack planes, long planes.

Bench show, an exhibition of dogs.

Bench table (Arch.), a projecting course at the base of a
building, or round a pillar, sufficient to form a seat.


Bench, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Benched; p. pr. & vb. n.
Benching.]
1. To furnish with benches.

'T was benched with turf. --Dryden.

Stately theaters benched crescentwise. --Tennyson.

2. To place on a bench or seat of honor.

Whom I . . . have benched and reared to worship.
--Shak.


Bench, v. i.
To sit on a seat of justice. [R.] --Shak.

Synonyms: judiciary, terrace, work bench, workbench

See Also: administration, assembly, authorities, banquette, brass, church bench, court, display, establishment, exhibit, expose, flat bench, governance, governing body, government, judicature, lab bench, laboratory bench, organisation, organization, park bench, penalty box, pew, plateau, prie-dieu, regime, remove, reserve, seat, settee, settle, squad, subgroup, substitute, tableland, team, tribunal, window seat, work table, worktable

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