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  1. bench
  2. noun

    • 1. a long seat for several people, typically made of wood or stone:

      a park bench
      Synonym : pew, form, long seat, seat, stall, settle
    • 2. a long, sturdy work table used by a carpenter, mechanic, scientist, or other worker:

      a 19th-century wheelwright's bench
    • 3. a judge's seat in a court.

    • 4. the office of judge or magistrate:

      his appointment to the civil bench
    • 5. judges or magistrates collectively:

      rulings from the bench
      Synonym : judges, magistrates, judiciary, judicature, court, law court, court of justice, bar, courtroom, tribunal, forum
    • 6. a seat in Parliament for politicians of a specified party or position:

      the Conservative benches the Opposition benches
    • 7. the politicians occupying a specific seat in Parliament:

      the pledge that was given by the Opposition benches yesterday
    • 8. a seat on which sports coaches and players sit during a game when they are not playing:

      he must settle for a place on the substitute's bench
    • 9. a flat ledge in masonry or on sloping ground.


    • 1. exhibit (a dog) at a show:

      Affenpinschers and Afghans were benched side by side
    • 2. withdraw (a sports player) from play; substitute:

      the coach benched quarterback Randall Cunningham in favor of Jim McMahon
    • 3. short for bench press

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: bench, plural noun: benches

    • v.: verb: bench, 3rd person present: benches, gerund or present participle: benching, past tense: benched, past participle: benched

    • noun

      a long seat for several people, typically made of wood or stone:

      a long work table in a workshop or laboratory:

    • verb

      exhibit (a dog) at a show:

      withdraw (a sports player) from play:

    • noun

      a test carried out on a machine, a component, or software before it is released for use, to ensure that it works properly:

      a test carried out to assess the performance of a product or device:

    • verb

      run a bench test on (something):

      give particular results during a bench test:

    • noun

      the ability and skill possessed by the reserve members of a sports team:

      the capability of members of an organization’s staff to move into positions of greater responsibility when required:

    • noun

      a bodybuilding and weightlifting exercise in which a lifter lies on a bench with the feet on the floor and raises a weight with both arms.
    • verb

      raise (a weight) in a bench press:
    • (born 1947), US baseball player; full name Johnny Lee Bench. He was a catcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 until 1983. Baseball Hall of Fame (1989).
    • noun

      a bench for sitting at a piano, often with an adjustable height mechanism and/or a storage area for music.
    • noun

      another term for bench test
    • noun

      (in the UK) the foremost seats in the House of Commons, occupied by the members of the cabinet and shadow cabinet:
    • noun

      a seat across the whole width of a car.
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