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bench

noun     /bentʃ/
B2 [C] a long , usually hard seat for two or more people , often found in public places : a park bench (= a seat in a public garden ) a work bench (= a table for working at)Chairs and seatsTables and desks a long table for working on, for example when you are making something: Most of the work constructing these objects is done at a bench. → See also workbench a long table that you lie on to do exercises (= physical activity ), for example in a gym the bench a seat or area of seats where players sit during a game when they are not playing : He was injured , and spent the last few weeks of the season on the bench.Surfaces on which sports take place the judge or magistrate in a law court , or the place where he or she sits : Kindly address your remarks to the bench, Mr Smith .Law courtsJudges and juries serve/sit/be on the bench to work as a judge or magistrateJudges and juries take the bench US to become a judge or magistrateJudges and juries If a judge takes the bench, he or she begins a formal meeting of a law court .Judges and juries the benches in the UK parliament building , the seats used by the members : There was jeering from the Labour benches.Government administration and organisation
(Definition of bench noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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