What does Bench mean?

Definitions for Bench

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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.

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. Kevin Durant:

    I’m looking forward to seeing how I am and playing as hard as I can for my team, i know the coaches and my teammates are going to be happy we’re off the bench.

  2. Kevin Cassidy:

    Although we respect Krzanich's efforts in redirecting Intel's strategy from a computer-centric to a data-centric company, we view Intel as a process-driven company with a deep bench of CEO candidates that can continue to drive the corporate strategy.

  3. Arnie Arnesen:

    Some of us get to open doors and others get to walk through them, bernie opened the door for progressive politics, but I think he has to recognize there are new voices and a new bench.

  4. Mathieu Joseph:

    Tampa Bay means a lot, being part of that last year in the bubble was definitely special, even though I did n’t play. I consider these guys my family and being part of it and on the bench is different than when you’re off the ice, so definitely happy to be part of it for the time that I got so far. It’s definitely something that you want to be part of and you’ve worked hard all year for that.

  5. Tobi Lutke:

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

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