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a long seat for two or more people, especially outdoors:
We sat on a park bench.
in a law courtSCL
the seat where a judge or magistrate sits in a court of law:
Would the prisoner please approach the bench?
the position of being a judge or magistrate in a court of law:
He was appointed to the bench last year.
sit/serve on the bench (=work as a judge or magistrate)
the seat where members of a sports team sit when they are not playing in the game:
Batts and Dorigo are on the bench tonight.
Simpson came off the bench to play in midfield.
the seats in the British parliament where members of a particular party sit: ➔ backbench, backbenches, front bench
parliament[plural] British EnglishPGP
There was cheering from the Conservative benches.
a long heavy table used for working on with tools or equipment:
a carpenter's bench