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[blee-cher] /ˈbli tʃər/
Usually, bleachers. a typically roofless section of inexpensive and unreserved seats in tiers, especially at an open-air athletic stadium.
a person or thing that bleaches.
a container, as a vat or tank, used in bleaching.
1540-50; 1885-90 for def 1; bleach + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • 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.
  • The ice rink has bleacher seating for spectators and two handicapped accessible restrooms conveniently located nearby.
  • bleacher seating in a semi-circle around a raised.
Word Origin and History for bleacher

1540s, "one who bleaches," agent noun from bleach (v.). The "bench for spectators at a sports field" sense (usually bleachers) is attested since 1889, American English; so named because the boards were bleached by the sun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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