Bench (?), n.; pl. Benches (#). [OE. bench, benk, AS. benc; akin to Sw. bank, Dan baenk, Icel. bekkr, OS., D., & G. bank. Cf. Bank, Beach.]


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

Mossy benches supplied the place of chairs. Sir W. Scott.


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


The seat where judges sit in court.

To pluck down justice from your awful bench. Shak.


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


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


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

Bench mark Leveling, one of a number of marks along a line of survey, affixed to permanent objects, to show where leveling staffs were placed. -- Bench of bishops, the whole body of English prelates assembled in council. -- Bench plane, any plane used by carpenters and joiners for working a flat surface, as jack planes, long planes. -- Bench show, an exhibition of dogs. -- Bench table Arch., a projecting course at the base of a building, or round a pillar, sufficient to form a seat.


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Bench (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Benched (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Benching.]


To furnish with benches.

'T was benched with turf. Dryden.

Stately theaters benched crescentwise. Tennyson.


To place on a bench or seat of honor.

Whom I . . . have benched and reared to worship. Shak.


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Bench, v. i.

To sit on a seat of justice.




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