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Definitions of bench

  1. take out of a game; of players
  2. a long seat for more than one person
  3. a strong worktable for a carpenter or mechanic
  4. persons who administer justice
  5. the reserve players on a team; " our team has a strong bench"
  6. the magistrate or judge or judges sitting in court in judicial capacity to compose the court collectively
  7. a level shelf of land interrupting a declivity ( with steep slopes above and below)
  8. exhibit on a bench; of animals such as dogs at shows
  9. exhibit on a bench; " bench the poodles at the dog show"
  10. A long seat, differing from a stool in its greater length.
  11. A long table at which mechanics and other work; as, a carpenter's bench.
  12. The seat where judges sit in court.
  13. The persons who sit as judges; the court; as, the opinion of the full bench. See King's Bench.
  14. A conformation like a bench; a long stretch of flat ground, or a kind of natural terrace, near a lake or river.
  15. To furnish with benches.
  16. To place on a bench or seat of honor.
  17. To sit on a seat of justice.
  18. The seat ( usually a comfy chair rather than a bench) where a judge sits in the courtroom during a trial or hearing. Sometimes the word " bench" is used in place of the word " judge" -- for example, someone might say she wants a bench trial, meaning a trial by a judge without a jury.
  19. A collection or group of dogs exhibited to the public; - so named because the animals are usually placed on benches or raised platforms.
  20. A long seat; a strong table on which mechanics do their work; the seat where judges sit in court; the persons who sit as judges; the court.
  21. A long seat or form: a mechanic's work- table: a judge's seat: the body or assembly of judges.
  22. To place on or furnish with benches.
  23. A long seat; a judge's seat; body of judges.
  24. A long wooden seat.
  25. A stout table, as for carpenters work.
  26. The judges seat in court; the judge or the judges.
  27. A long seat or form; a carpenter's or mechanic's work- table; a ledge left on the edge of a cutting in an earthwork to strengthen it; the seat where judges sit in court, or the seat of justice; the persons who sit as judges, or the court.
  28. To furnish with benches; to sit on a bench.
  29. To sit on a seat of justice. The bench of bishops, the bishops of the English Church, who rank as peers of the realm. King's or Queen's Bench, a court at first really, latterly nominally, presided over by the sovereign.
  30. A long seat of wood or stone; a strong table; the seat of the judges; the judges or magistrates on it.
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Usage examples for bench

  1. Brother, I think if we had not been here he would have come and sat on this bench. – Plays of Near & Far by Lord Dunsany
  2. Sitting on my bench? – Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  3. He sat on the bench where he could keep a careful eye on the course. – The Boys' Life of Mark Twain by Albert Bigelow Paine
  4. Why was not this worthy fellow on the jury, or better still, on the bench? – Prisoner for Blasphemy by G. W. [George William] Foote
  5. I went with her to the bench she had pointed out, and we sat down. – The House of Martha by Frank R. Stockton
  6. Something between a sigh and a cry escaped him, and he sank upon a covered bench that ran along the wall. – Peg Woffington by Charles Reade
  7. " The pump bench is wet. – Janice Day by Helen Beecher Long
  8. When the court was opened Inspector Chippenfield took a seat in the body of the court behind the barrister's bench. – The Hampstead Mystery by John R. Watson
  9. Law steps slow and careful, and this whole thing has got to wait till it gets way up to the full bench. – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
  10. Chellalu is lying full- length on the bench, with a look of supreme content on her face, and her two feet against the wall. – Lotus Buds by Amy Carmichael
  11. Miss Bower sat down and made room for him on the bench. – Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather
  12. Some one was seated at the other end of the bench, but we did not take particular notice of her. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  13. Lemm rose from the bench. – A Nobleman's Nest by Ivan Turgenieff
  14. What that was I did not know, except that he was a judge on the bench, of some kind. – Valerie by Frederick Marryat
  15. Peter Schmidt led his friend to a bench, which fortunately happened to be close by. – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  16. Mrs. Riley seemed to think that she ought to express the feeling the Bench would have had, had it been present. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  17. And he sat down upon a bench. – Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales by Anonymous
  18. There's a bench in it. – It Happened in Egypt by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  19. I passed with her into the garden, and we sat down on a dear old bench which rested against the west wall of the house. – The Author Of Beltraffio by Henry James
  20. In 1827 appointed a puisne judge of the King's Bench in Upper Canada. – The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History by Various
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