from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sturdy table or bench at which manual work is done, as by a machinist, carpenter, or jeweler.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A bench on which work is performed, as in a carpenter's shop.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sturdy bench or table at which manual work is done by a carpenter, machinist and so on

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a strong worktable for a carpenter or mechanic
  • noun a strong worktable for a carpenter or mechanic


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  • In a panic she was remembering how, when she'd been a little girl, she'd trailed her father around the house, for her father was so rarely in the house; sometimes she would discover him in the cellar at what he called his workbench; here, he had electrical tools, as well as hammers, pliers, screwdrivers.

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  • So, I remind him that his workbench is a mess, and he says I never clean the crumbs from the counter after preparing sandwiches.

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  • The walls were covered with pictures and over the workbench was a cupboard containing books and songs; the little kitchen was full of shining plates and metal pans or by means of a ladder it was possible to go out on the roof where, in the gutters between it and the neighbor's house, there was a great chest filled with soil.

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  • A workbench is a testament to your building prowess and can also be a source of bragging rights.

    Tool Collecting

  • Between the edge of the wall and the foot of the workbench was a corner.

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  • The workbench is her favorite right now; using the screwdriver fascinates her.

    Garage Sale Loot and Cooking Limbo

  • Set well away from the workbench was a solid black square table, sturdily constructed of lorken, and upon the table was a thick glass mirror, also rimmed in lorken.


  • The cot had to be last and the workbench was the heaviest thing, so he pulled out the huge Rubbermaid garbage can he had bought that morning and carried it around the outside of the house.


  • The workbench was a catacomb of drawers and compartments, each filled with a precise assortment of bolts, screws, and nails.

    Stranger in the House

  •           The tiny metal objects on the workbench were the insignia Moresby had removed from his uniform, and Saltus had explained the reason for their removal in combat zones.

    Two in Time


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