from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long seat, often without a back, for two or more persons.
- n. Nautical A thwart in a boat.
- n. Law The seat for judges in a courtroom.
- n. Law The office or position of a judge.
- n. Law The judge or judges composing a court.
- n. A seat occupied by a person in an official capacity.
- n. The office of such a person.
- n. A strong worktable, such as one used in carpentry or in a laboratory.
- n. A platform on which animals, especially dogs, are exhibited.
- n. Sports The place where the players on a team sit when not participating in a game.
- n. Sports The reserve players on a team.
- n. A level, narrow stretch of land interrupting a declivity.
- n. A level elevation of land along a shore or coast, especially one marking a former shoreline.
- transitive v. To furnish with benches.
- transitive v. To seat on a bench.
- transitive v. To show (dogs) in a bench show.
- transitive v. Sports To keep out of or remove from a game: benched the goalie for fighting.
- transitive v. Sports To bench-press.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long seat, for example, in the park.
- n. The people who decide on the verdict; the judiciary.
- n. The place where the judges sit.
- n. The place where players (substitutes) and coaches sit when not playing.
- n. The number of players on a team able to participate, expressed in terms of length.
- n. A place where assembly or hand work is performed; a workbench.
- n. A horizontal padded surface, usually with a weight rack, used for support during exercise.
- n. A flat ledge in the slope of an earthwork, work of masonry, or similar.
- n. A thin strip of relatively flat land bounded by steeper slopes above and below.
- n. A kitchen surface on which to prepare food, a counter.
- v. To remove a player from play.
- v. To remove someone from a position of responsibility temporarily.
- v. To push the victim back on the person behind them who is on their hands and knees and end up falling over.
- v. To lift by bench pressing
- n. The weight one is able to bench press, especially the maximum weight capable of being pressed.
- v. Alternative spelling of bentsh.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A long seat, differing from a stool in its greater length.
- n. A long table at which mechanics and other work.
- n. The seat where judges sit in court.
- n. The persons who sit as judges; the court. See King's Bench.
- n. A collection or group of dogs exhibited to the public; -- so named because the animals are usually placed on benches or raised platforms.
- n. A conformation like a bench; a long stretch of flat ground, or a kind of natural terrace, near a lake or river.
- transitive v. To furnish with benches.
- transitive v. To place on a bench or seat of honor.
- intransitive v. To sit on a seat of justice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long seat, usually of board or plank, or of stone, differing from a stool in its greater length.
- n. The seat where judges sit in court; the seat of justice.
- n. Hence The body of persons who sit as judges; the court: as, the case is to go before the full bench.
- n. A strong table on which carpenters or other mechanics do their work; a work-bench.
- n. The floor or ledge which supports muffles and retorts.
- n. A platform or a series of elevated stalls or boxes on which animals are placed for exhibition, as at a dog-show.
- n. In engineering, a ledge left on the edge of a cutting in earthwork to strengthen it.
- n. In geology and mining:
- n. A natural terrace, marking the outcrop of a harder seam or stratum, and thus indicating a change in the character of the rock.
- n. In coal-mining, a division of a coal-seam separated from the remainder of the bed by a parting of shale or any other kind of rock or mineral.
- n. A small area of nearly level or gently sloping land, rising above the adjacent low region, and forming a part of a terrace or wash, disunited from the remainder by erosion. Sometimes, though rarely, used as synonymous with terrace.
- n. The driver's seat on a coach.
- To furnish with benches.
- To bank up.
- To seat on a bench; place on a seat of honor.
- To place on a show-bench for exhibition, as a dog.
- In mining: To undercut, kirve, or hole (the coal).
- To wedge up the bottoms below the holing when this is done in the middle of the seam.
- To sit on a seat of justice.
- n. A horizontal subdivision of a bed of coal or other mineral.
- n. A glass tray in which microscopical slides can be placed, in a vertical position, for staining or other purposes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the reserve players on a team
- n. a level shelf of land interrupting a declivity (with steep slopes above and below)
- n. a long seat for more than one person
- n. (law) the seat for judges in a courtroom
- v. exhibit on a bench
- n. the magistrate or judge or judges sitting in court in judicial capacity to compose the court collectively
- v. take out of a game; of players
- n. a strong worktable for a carpenter or mechanic
- n. persons who administer justice
Middle English, from Old English benc.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English benċ. (Wiktionary)
From bench press by shortening. (Wiktionary)
See bentsh. (Wiktionary)