A bench is a long, flat seat that can usually accommodate several people. A city park bench is a nice place to sit and eat a sandwich.

A picnic table often has benches, and a bench is where baseball players wait for their turn to take a swing at the ball. You might have a work bench in your garage for gluing model planes together. A judge's symbolic office is known as "the bench," and to bench an athlete is to make her take a break from the court or field — if she has to do this often, she'll be known as a "bench warmer."

Definitions of bench
  1. noun
    a long seat for more than one person
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    an upholstered bench
    flat bench
    a bench on which a weightlifter lies to do exercises
    park bench
    a bench in a public park
    penalty box
    (ice hockey) an enclosed bench to the side of an ice-hockey rink for players who are serving time penalties
    church bench, pew
    long bench with backs; used in church by the congregation
    low bench for kneeling on
    settee, settle
    a long wooden bench with a back
    window seat
    a bench or similar seat built into a window recess
    type of:
    furniture that is designed for sitting on
  2. noun
    a strong worktable for a carpenter or mechanic
    synonyms: work bench, workbench
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    lab bench, laboratory bench
    a workbench in a laboratory
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    work table, worktable
    a table designed for a particular task
  3. noun
    a level shelf of land interrupting a declivity (with steep slopes above and below)
    synonyms: terrace
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    plateau, tableland
    a relatively flat highland
  4. verb
    exhibit on a bench
    bench the poodles at the dog show”
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    type of:
    display, exhibit, expose
    to show, make visible or apparent
  5. noun
    (law) the seat for judges in a courtroom
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    furniture that is designed for sitting on
  6. noun
    persons who administer justice
    synonyms: judiciary
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    administration, brass, establishment, governance, governing body, organisation, organization
    the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something
  7. noun
    the reserve players on a team
    “our team has a strong bench
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    a distinct and often subordinate group within a group
  8. verb
    take out of a game; of players
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    remove from a position or an office
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