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Bench

[bench] /bɛntʃ/
noun
1.
Johnny, born 1947, U.S. baseball player.
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British Dictionary definitions for j bench

bench

/bɛntʃ/
noun
1.
a long seat for more than one person, usually lacking a back or arms
2.
a plain stout worktable
3.
(sometimes capital) the bench
  1. a judge or magistrate sitting in court in a judicial capacity
  2. judges or magistrates collectively
4.
(sport) the seat on which reserve players and officials sit during a game
5.
(geology) a flat narrow platform of land, esp one marking a former shoreline
6.
a ledge in a mine or quarry from which work is carried out
7.
(in a gymnasium) a low table, which may be inclined, used for various exercises
8.
a platform on which dogs or other domestic animals are exhibited at shows
9.
(NZ) a hollow on a hillside formed by sheep
verb (transitive)
10.
to provide with benches
11.
to exhibit (a dog, etc) at a show
12.
(NZ) to form (a track) up a hill by excavating a flattened area
13.
(US & Canadian, sport) to take or keep (a player) out of a game, often for disciplinary reasons
Word Origin
Old English benc; related to Old Norse bekkr, Old High German bank, Danish, Swedish bänk; see bank³
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Word Origin and History for j bench

bench

n.

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).

v.

"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for j bench

bench

verb
  1. To take someone out of active play in a sporting event: coach benched him after one foul
  2. To remove someone from an activity: Don't bench the staff for that decision

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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j bench in the Bible

deck of a Tyrian ship, described by Ezekiel (27:6) as overlaid with box-wood.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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