bench

noun
1 long seat
ADJECTIVE
empty
long
narrow
hard
cushioned, padded
metal, stone, wood, wooden
garden, park
picnic
replacements', subs' (informal), substitutes' (all BrE, sports)

They have several top players on the subs' bench.

piano (AmE)
VERB + BENCH
sit (down) on
BENCH + NOUN
seat
PREPOSITION
on a/the bench

She often sleeps on park benches.

He's sick of spending every game on the bench (= not playing).

2 (BrE) in Parliament
ADJECTIVE
government, Opposition
Conservative, Labour, etc.
back, front (Government ministers and the most important members of the Opposition sit on the front benches. Back-bench MPs have no official position besides that of MP.)
VERB + BENCH
be on, sit on
PREPOSITION
from the … benchs

There were cheers from the Labour benches.

on the … benchs

Some MPs on the government back benches are starting to question the government's handling of the war.

3 long narrow table that people work at
ADJECTIVE
work (usually workbench)
carpenter's, lab (informal), laboratory
kitchen (esp. AmE)
PREPOSITION
at a/the bench

He was working at his bench.


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  • Bench — Bench, n.; pl. {Benches}. [OE. bench, benk, AS. benc; akin to Sw. b[ a]nk, Dan b[ae]nk, Icel. bekkr, OS., D., & G. bank. Cf. {Bank}, {Beach}.] 1. A long seat, differing from a stool in its greater length. [1913 Webster] Mossy benches supplied the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • bench — bench·er; bench; bench·man; bench·mark·ing; …   English syllables

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  • Bench — Bench, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Benched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Benching}.] 1. To furnish with benches. [1913 Webster] T was benched with turf. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Stately theaters benched crescentwise. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. To place on a bench… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bench — (n.) O.E. benc long seat, from P.Gmc. *bankiz bank of earth, perhaps here man made earthwork, later bench, table (Cf. O.Fris. bank bench, O.N. bekkr, Dan. bænk, M.Du. banc, O.H.G. banch), from PIE root *bheg to break. Used for …   Etymology dictionary

  • bench — [n1] furniture for sitting bank, chair, form, lawn seat, pew, seat, settee, settle, stall; concept 443 bench [n2] large table board, counter, desk, easel, ledge, shelf, trestle, workbench, work table; concept 443 bench [n3] group of judges co …   New thesaurus

  • bench — ► NOUN 1) a long seat for more than one person. 2) a long, sturdy work table in a workshop or laboratory. 3) (the bench) the office of judge or magistrate. 4) (the bench) a seat at the side of a sports field for coaches and players not taking… …   English terms dictionary

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  • Bench — (engl., spr. bensch), Bank, s. King s Bench …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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