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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)

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.

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."