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. Robert Uithoven:

    Nevada Democrats have always been much more disciplined in their primary process, the good news for Republicans is we have a lot of good Republicans and a deep bench. The bad news is we have a good Republicans and a deep bench, and that can lead to an expensive and bruising primary. The question is how do we avoid a 2010 scenario when there were eight or 10 candidates in the race, and Sharron Angle becomes the nominee?

  2. H.L. Mencken:

    Man is never honestly the fatalist, nor even the stoic. He fights his fate, often desperately. He is forever entering bold exceptions to the rulings of the bench of gods. This fighting, no doubt, makes for human progress, for it favors the strong and the brave. It also makes for beauty, for lesser men try to escape from a hopeless and intolerable world by creating a more lovely one of their own.

  3. Del Rio:

    He said, ‘ This is something I have done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being Del Rio, ’ i told him I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem. But I respect him as a man and he can do his thing. Well, that doesn't speak very well of Coach Del Rio's character either. The coach respects a man who disrespects the country ? I suspect this will not be the last episode of anti-American activity at NFL games. So I recommend head coaches take immediate action to deter such behavior. If you ride the bench during the Star-Spangled Banner, you should ride the bench for the rest of season. It would be a gutsy move -- but unlikely -- considering the lack of courage and patriotism in the National Football League. Todd Starnes is host of Fox News Commentary. Todd Starnes latest book is.

  4. Whitman Knapp:

    After 20 years on the bench I have concluded that federal drug laws are a disaster. It is time to get the government out of drug enforcement.

  5. President George W. Bush:

    I ’m sure every nominee before you would have personal beliefs about that precedent and many others. But all nominees are united in their belief that what they think about a precedent should not bear on how they will decide cases. She was more pragmatic two years ago – just days before the presidential election – about the chances that Roe v. Wade would be overturned in coming years : I don't think the core case -- Roe's holding that women have a right to abortion -- I don't think that will change, but I think the question of whether people can get late-term abortions -- how many restrictions can be put on clinics -- I don't think that will change. Brett Kavanaugh, steady insider The federal appeals court here in Washington is seen as a professional stepping-stone to Supreme Court. Three current justices( John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas) served on that bench before joining the high court, as did Scalia. Now Brett Kavanaugh is poised to make the leap, though if history is any guide, Brett Kavanaugh could face an especially tough Senate confirmation. It is the image that may cement – or sink – the Supreme Court aspirations of Brett Kavanaugh. Brett Kavanaugh elevation to the federal appeals court was celebrated with a Rose Garden swearing-in by a fellow Catholic who's now retiring from the bench, Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Brett Kavanaugh served as a law clerk in 1993. Front and center : Brett Kavanaugh former boss, President George W. Bush, the man who nominated Brett Kavanaugh. I chose Brett Kavanaugh because of the force of Brett Kavanaugh mind, the breadth of Brett Kavanaugh experience and the strength of Brett Kavanaugh character.

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    a state of irritation or annoyance
    • A. aberrate
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