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bench British & World English

A long seat for several people, typically made of wood or stone

bench English Thesaurus

he sat on a bench at the front of the hall

the bench in bench British & World English

The office of judge or magistrate

Bench, Johnny British & World English

(1947-), US baseball player; full name Johnny Lee Bench. He was a catcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 until 1983. Baseball Hall of Fame (1989)

ride the pine British & World English

(Of an athlete) sit on the sidelines rather than participate in a game or event

bench run British & World English

Another term for bench test.

bench press British & World English

A bodybuilding and weightlifting exercise in which a lifter lies on a bench with the feet on the floor and raises a weight with both arms

bench seat British & World English

A seat across the whole width of a car

bench table British & World English

A low stone seat on the inside of a wall or round the base of a pillar in a church, cloister, or other religious building

bench test British & World English

A test carried out on a machine, a component, or software before it is released for use, to ensure that it works properly

cross bench British & World English

(In the House of Lords and some other legislatures) a bench occupied by members who are independent of any political party

front bench British & World English

(In the UK) the foremost seats in the House of Commons, occupied by the members of the cabinet and shadow cabinet

King's Bench British & World English

(In the UK) in the reign of a king, the term for Queen's Bench.

piano bench British & World English

A bench for sitting at a piano, often with an adjustable height mechanism and/or a storage area for music

bench warrant British & World English

A written order issued by a judge authorizing the arrest of a person charged with some contempt, crime, or misdemeanor

optical bench British & World English

A straight rigid bar, typically marked with a scale, to which supports for lenses, light sources, and other optical components can be attached

Queen's Bench British & World English

(In the UK) a division of the High Court of Justice

on the bench British & World English

Appointed as or in the capacity of a judge or magistrate

preacher bench British & World English

An apparatus on which weightlifting exercises are performed, having a seat and a padded bar at chest height to support the arms

Treasury bench British & World English

(In the UK) the front bench in the House of Commons occupied by the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and other members of the government

on the bench in bench British & World English

Appointed as or in the capacity of a judge or magistrate

ride the pine in ride British & World English

(Of an athlete) sit on the sidelines rather than participate in a game or event

bench-press in bench press British & World English

Raise (a weight) in a bench press

benchwarmer British & World English

A sports player who does not get selected to play; a substitute

Queen's Bench Division in Queen's Bench British & World English

(In the UK) a division of the High Court of Justice

Johnny Lee Bench in Bench, Johnny British & World English

(1947-), US baseball player; full name Johnny Lee Bench. He was a catcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 until 1983. Baseball Hall of Fame (1989)


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