Equipped with sensors, the benches will be able to provide data on weather conditions, noise, and air quality.
The old courthouse is empty, its tiny courtroom locked, the benches vacant.
Inside, the seats were gutted and replaced with benches flanking the walls.
Old English benc "long seat," from Proto-Germanic *bankiz "bank of earth," perhaps here "man-made earthwork," later "bench, table" (cf. Old Frisian bank "bench," Old Norse bekkr, Danish bænk, Middle Dutch banc, Old High German banch), from PIE root *bheg- "to break." Used for "office of a judge" since late 13c. Sporting sense "reserve of players" (in baseball, North American football, etc.) is by 1909, from literal sense of place where players sit when not in action (by 1889).
"to take out of the game," 1902, from bench (n.) in the sporting sense. Related: Benched; benching. Old English also had a verb form, but it meant "to make benches."
deck of a Tyrian ship, described by Ezekiel (27:6) as overlaid with box-wood.