bleacher

[blee-cher]
noun
1.
Usually, bleachers. a typically roofless section of inexpensive and unreserved seats in tiers, especially at an open-air athletic stadium.
2.
a person or thing that bleaches.
3.
a container, as a vat or tank, used in bleaching.

Origin:
1540–50; 1885–90 for def 1; bleach + -er1

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bleach (bliːtʃ)
 
vb
1.  to make or become white or colourless, as by exposure to sunlight, by the action of chemical agents, etc
 
n
2.  a bleaching agent
3.  the degree of whiteness resulting from bleaching
4.  the act of bleaching
 
[Old English blǣcan; related to Old Norse bleikja, Old High German bleih pale]
 
'bleachable
 
adj
 
'bleacher
 
n

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bleacher
1540s, "one who bleaches," from bleach (q.v.). The "bench for spectators at a sports field" sense (usually bleachers) is attested since 1889, Amer.Eng.; so named because the boards were bleached by the sun.
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Example sentences
Bleacher seating is available, and it is recommended that visitors arrive early.
He looked apprehensive, placing both his hands on the bleacher and
  straightening his back.
School districts are encouraged to undertake regular bleacher and grandstand
  inspections.
There is bleacher seating behind the home-plate backstop of each field.
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