a long seat for several persons:
a bench in the park.
a seat occupied by an official, especially a judge.
such a seat as a symbol of the office and dignity of an individual judge or the judiciary.
the office or dignity of various other officials, or the officials themselves.
the seat on which the players of a team sit during a game while not playing.
thequality and number of the players of a team who are usually used as substitutes:
A weak bench hurt their chances for the championship.
Informal. bench press.
Also called workbench. the strong worktable of a carpenter or other mechanic.
a platform on which animals are placed for exhibition, especially at a dog show.
a contest or exhibition of dogs; dog show.
Physical Geography. a shelflike area of rock with steep slopes above and below.
Mining. a step or working elevation in a mine.
berm (def 2).
to furnish with benches.
to seat on a bench or on the bench:
an election that benched him in the district court.
to place (a show dog or other animal) in exhibition.
to cut away the working faces of (a mine or quarry) in benches.
Sports. to remove from a game or keep from participating in a game:
to be benched because of poor hitting.
on the bench,
serving as a judge in a court of law; presiding.
Sports. (of a player) not participating in play, either for part or all of a game.
The Quality of Mercy W. D. Howells
a long seat for more than one person, usually lacking a back or arms
a plain stout worktable
(sometimes capital) the bench
a judge or magistrate sitting in court in a judicial capacity
judges or magistrates collectively
(sport) the seat on which reserve players and officials sit during a game
(geology) a flat narrow platform of land, esp one marking a former shoreline
a ledge in a mine or quarry from which work is carried out
(in a gymnasium) a low table, which may be inclined, used for various exercises
a platform on which dogs or other domestic animals are exhibited at shows
(NZ) a hollow on a hillside formed by sheep
to provide with benches
to exhibit (a dog, etc) at a show
(NZ) to form (a track) up a hill by excavating a flattened area
(US & Canadian, sport) to take or keep (a player) out of a game, often for disciplinary reasons
To take someone out of active play in a sporting event: coach benched him after one foul
To remove someone from an activity: Don’t bench the staff for that decision
on the bench
warm the bench
- Benching iron
a triangular, pronged plate driven into the ground to provide a temporary bench mark or turning point.
a standard of excellence, achievement, etc., against which similar things must be measured or judged: The new hotel is a benchmark in opulence and comfort. any standard or reference by which others can be measured or judged: The current price for crude oil may become the benchmark. Computers. an established point of reference against which […]
adjective (NZ) (of a hillside) hollowed out in benches Historical Examples Frank Merriwell’s Backers Burt L. Standish Frank Merriwell’s Backers Burt L. Standish
to force (an object, especially a long or thin one) from a straight form into a curved or angular one, or from a curved or angular form into some different form: to bend an iron rod into a hoop. to direct or turn in a particular direction: to bend one’s energies to the task. to […]