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Definition of bench noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a long seat for two or more people, usually made of wood a park bench
  2. 2the bench [singular] (law) a judge in court or the seat where he/she sits; the position of being a judge or magistrate His lawyer turned to address the bench. She has recently been appointed to the bench.
  3. 3the bench [singular] (sport) the seats where players sit when they are not playing in the game; the players on that bench the substitutes' bench He started the game on the bench but finished as the team's top scorer. The team has a deep bench (= good players who are waiting to play).
  4. 4[countable] = workbench a carpenter's bench