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Definition of "bench" []

  • A long seat, often without a back, for two or more persons. (noun)
  • Nautical A thwart in a boat. (noun)
  • Law The seat for judges in a courtroom. (noun)
  • Law The office or position of a judge. (noun)
  • Law The judge or judges composing a court. (noun)
  • A long seat for more than one person, usually lacking a back or arms (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A plain stout worktable (noun)
  • The seat on which reserve players and officials sit during a game (noun)
  • A flat narrow platform of land, esp one marking a former shoreline (noun)
  • A ledge in a mine or quarry from which work is carried out (noun)
  • (in a gymnasium) a low table, which may be inclined, used for various exercises (noun)
  • A platform on which dogs or other domestic animals are exhibited at shows (noun)
  • A hollow on a hillside formed by sheep (noun)
  • To provide with benches (verb)
  • To exhibit (a dog, etc) at a show (verb)
  • To form (a track) up a hill by excavating a flattened area (verb)
  • To take or keep (a player) out of a game, often for disciplinary reasons (verb)

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Use "bench" in a sentence
  • "Her demeanor on the bench is an issue that conservatives opposed to her nomination see as a potential vulnerability — and one that Mr. Obama carefully considered before selecting her."
  • "That the Canadian Judicial Council has chosen to take such an unprecedented step as to remove him from the bench is a welcome indication that judicial performance matters in this country."
  • "Well the whole concept of a judge altering a contract from the bench is absurd."