j. bench


Johnny, born 1947, U.S. baseball player.
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bench (bɛntʃ)
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
 a.  a judge or magistrate sitting in court in a judicial capacity
 b.  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
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
[Old English benc; related to Old Norse bekkr, Old High German bank, Danish, Swedish bänk; see bank³]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. benc "long seat," from P.Gmc. *bankiz (cf. Da. bænk, M.Du. banc, O.H.G. banch). Used for "office of a judge" since late 13c. Sporting sense (in baseball, N.Amer. football, etc.) is from 1909; the verb meaning "to take out of the game" is from 1902.
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Bible Dictionary

Bench definition

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

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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