What does Bench mean?

Definitions for Bench

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Bench.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. benchnoun

    a long seat for more than one person

  2. terrace, benchnoun

    a level shelf of land interrupting a declivity (with steep slopes above and below)

  3. judiciary, benchnoun

    persons who administer justice

  4. workbench, work bench, benchnoun

    a strong worktable for a carpenter or mechanic

  5. Benchnoun

    the magistrate or judge or judges sitting in court in judicial capacity to compose the court collectively

  6. benchnoun

    the reserve players on a team

    "our team has a strong bench"

  7. benchverb

    (law) the seat for judges in a courtroom

  8. benchverb

    take out of a game; of players

  9. benchverb

    exhibit on a bench

    "bench the poodles at the dog show"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BENCHnoun

    Etymology: benc, Sax. banc, Fr.

    The seats and benches shone of ivory,
    An hundred nymphs sat side by side about. Edmund Spenser, Vis. of Bellay.

    All Rome is pleas’d, when Statius will rehearse,
    And longing crouds expect the promis’d verse;
    His lofty numbers, with so great a gust,
    They hear, and swallow with such eager lust:
    But while the common suffrage crown’d his cause,
    And broke the benches with their loud applause,
    His muse had starv’d, had not a piece unread,
    And by a player bought, supply’d her bread. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    A son set your decrees at naught:
    To pluck down justice from your awful bench;
    To trip the course of law, and blunt the sword
    That guards the peace and safety of your person. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    Cyriac, whose grandsire on the royal bench
    Of British Themis, with no mean applause,
    Pronounc’d, and in his volumes taught our laws,
    Which others at their bar so often wrench. John Milton.

    Fools to popular praise aspire,
    Of publick speeches, which worse fools admire;
    While, from both benches, with redoubl’d sounds,
    Th’ applause of lords and commoners abounds. John Dryden, Virg.

  2. To Benchverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    ’Twas bench’d with turf, and, goodly to be seen,
    The thick young grass arose in fresher green. John Dryden, Fab.

    His cupbearer, whom I from meaner form
    Have bench’d, and rear’d to worship. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.


  1. bench

    A bench is a long, usually hard, seat for multiple people, often made of wood or metal, typically found in public places such as parks, gardens, waiting areas, or indoor spaces like locker rooms, hallways, or even dining tables. In a judicial context, 'bench' also refers to the place where a judge sits in a courtroom, or the judge or judges themselves. In the context of sports or gym, a bench can also refer to a piece of equipment used for weightlifting.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Benchnoun

    a long seat, differing from a stool in its greater length

  2. Benchnoun

    a long table at which mechanics and other work; as, a carpenter's bench

  3. Benchnoun

    the seat where judges sit in court

  4. Benchnoun

    the persons who sit as judges; the court; as, the opinion of the full bench. See King's Bench

  5. Benchnoun

    a collection or group of dogs exhibited to the public; -- so named because the animals are usually placed on benches or raised platforms

  6. Benchnoun

    a conformation like a bench; a long stretch of flat ground, or a kind of natural terrace, near a lake or river

  7. Benchverb

    to furnish with benches

  8. Benchverb

    to place on a bench or seat of honor

  9. Benchverb

    to sit on a seat of justice


  1. Bench

    A bench is a piece of furniture, on which several people may sit at the same time. Benches are typically made of wood, but may also be made of metal, stone, or synthetic materials. Many benches have arm and back rests; some have no back rest and can be sat on from either side. In American public areas, benches are often donated by persons or associations, which may then be indicated on it, e.g. by a small plaque. Benches are used both outdoors and indoors.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bench

    bensh, n. a long seat or form with or without a back: a seat in a boat: a mechanic's work-table: a judge's seat: the body or assembly of judges: a tribunal: the dignity of holding an official seat, as the 'bench of bishops,' the 'civic bench.'—v.t. to place on or furnish with benches.—ns. Bench′er, a senior member of an inn of court; Bench′ership; Bench′-mark, a surveyor's mark cut on a rock, gatepost, wall, or the like, into which a crooked iron is set so as to form a bench or temporary support for the levelling instrument; Bench′-war′rant, one issued by a judge rather than a justice or magistrate. [A.S. benc; cog. with Ger. and Dut. bank.]


  1. Bench

    Bench is a modern, online bookkeeping service for independent businesses.With Bench, you work with a professional online bookkeeper, someone who learns your business and does your books for you. In addition, you get apps that simplify sending your documents and allow you to view interactive reports online. Bench removes the need to search out a qualified bookkeeper or buy additional software, they provide both in a unified experience.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Bench

    The primitive seat of judges and magistrates before the modern throne-like chair was introduced. Barristers of the Inns of Court are styled “Benchers” from the wooden seats formerly provided for them.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BENCH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bench is ranked #10565 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bench surname appeared 3,033 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Bench.

    90.8% or 2,754 total occurrences were White.
    3.3% or 101 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 69 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2% or 63 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.9% or 28 total occurrences were Black.
    0.5% or 18 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bench' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4601

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bench' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4025

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bench' in Nouns Frequency: #1521

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bench in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bench in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Bench in a Sentence

  1. Luis Miranda:

    We're going to continue to cast a spotlight on the Republican obstructionism on the Supreme Court and highlight how the issues before Supreme Court or potentially before Supreme Court have a major impact on the lives of the American people, too many issues at the heart of our democracy head before the court every year and deserve a full bench's consideration, so to extend the dysfunction that plagues congress to Supreme Court is unacceptable. The DNC said Thursday's call would center on voting rights, an issue that's also become a major topic for Democratic presidential candidates ahead of the South Carolina primary Saturday. The leak Wednesday that White House vetters were probing the Republican governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, also seemed designed to signal that President Barack Obama was considering moderate nominees in President Barack Obama selection process. Aides say President Barack Obama has not yet formed a.

  2. State Jon Husted:

    This last-minute legislating from the bench on election law has to stop, our system can not give one county court the power to change 30 years of election law for the entire state of Ohio, 23 days into early voting and only four days before an election.

  3. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld:

    Gordon Smith and Daniel Pinto has built up an incredible bench strength beneath Gordon Smith and Daniel Pinto continually, gordon Smith has the Jamie Dimon gift of clarity and wit. They are in fantastic hands in terms of next generational cohort.

  4. Tobi Lutke:

    We have a phenomenally strong bench of leaders who will now step up into larger roles.

  5. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid:

    These ideas that he pronounced yesterday are racist in application, if not intent, i don't know about his intent, but it is deeply disturbing to hear a Supreme Court justice endorse racist ideas from the bench on the nation's highest court. His endorsement of racist theories has frightening ramifications, not the least of which is to undermine the academic achievements of Americans, African-Americans especially.

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