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Bench or The Bench can refer to:


  • Bench (furniture), a piece of furniture, which mostly offers several persons seating

In clothing

In law and politics

  • Bench (metonymy), certain people in a given (e.g. professional) context, associated with a particular seating, especially in politics and law
  • Bench (law), the location where a judge sits while in court, often a raised desk in a courtroom; also refers to the judiciary as a whole (to differentiate from the bar (law) - the lawyers or barristers); and may also mean a group of judges hearing a case and judging on a case

In sports

  • The "bench" refers to the players on the roster that do not start regularly or are not currently playing in any given game ("on the bench")
  • Bench (weight training), a piece of weight training equipment, often very similar to the above "wide backless chair"
  • Bench press, an open-chained form of free-weightlifting equipment
  • The Bench (University of California), the student rooting section for the University of California men's basketball team

In the arts


  • Bench (woreda), a people in Ethiopia
  • Jo Bench, an English death metal bass player
  • Johnny Bench, a former Major League Baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983


  • In Judaism, benching or bentsching
    • Most commonly refers to the recitation of Birkat Hamazon, the Jewish grace after meals
    • Licht bentsh, the lighting of Shabbat candles'
    • The term "bentsching" refers to the recitation of several other blessings
  • Bench language (Bench-non), a Northern Omotic language spoken in Kaffa (southeastern Ethiopia)
  • Workbench, a place of work consisting of a table and perhaps places to keep an arrangement of tools and materials
  • Bench scale, the small scale in contrast to commercial scale
  • For rivers, also known as a Terrace In surveying and civil engineering, a landform consisting of a long strip of land at constant height in an otherwise sloped area. It is typically caused by successive depositions and erosions by a river in a floodplain. It may also be part of an artificial earthwork (c.f. benchmark, q.v. berm)

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

BENCH (an O.E. and Eng. form of a word common to Teutonic languages, cf. Ger. Bank, Dan. baenk and the Eng. doublet "bank"), a long narrow wooden seat for several persons, with or without a back. While the chair was yet a seat of state or dignity the bench was ordinarily used by the commonalty. It is still extensively employed for other than domestic purposes, as in schools, churches and places of amusement. Bench or Banc, in law, originally was the seat occupied by judges in court; hence the term is used of a tribunal of justice itself, as the King's Bench, the Common Bench, and is now applied to judges or magistrates collectively as the "judicial bench," "bench of magistrates." The word is also applied to any seat where a number of people sit in an official capacity, or as equivalent to the dignity itself, as "the civic bench," the "bench of aldermen," the "episcopal bench," the "front bench," i.e. that reserved for the leaders of either party in the British House of Commons., King's Bench was one of the three superior courts of common law at Westminster, the others being the common pleas and the exchequer. Under the Judicature Act 1873, the court of king's bench became the king's bench division of the High Court of Justice. The court of common pleas was sometimes called the common bench.

Sittings in banc were formerly the sittings of one of the superior courts of Westminster for the hearing of motions, special cases, &c., as opposed to the nisi prius sittings for trial of facts, where usually only a single judge presided. By the Judicature Act 1873 the business of courts sitting in banc was transferred to divisional courts.

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

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Simple English


A bench is a place where people can sit. Benches are long and often found outside, and more than one person can sit on them.

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