Origin: OE. Bench, benk, AS. Benc; akin to Sw. Bank, Dan baenk, Icel. Bekkr, OS, D, & G. Bank. Cf. Bank, Beach.

1. A long seat, differing from a stool in its greater length. "Mossy benches supplied the place of chairs." (Sir W. Scott)

2. A long table at which mechanics and other work; as, a carpenter's bench.

3. The seat where judges sit in court. "To pluck down justice from your awful bench." (Shak)

4. The persons who sit as judges; the court; as, the opinion of the full bench. See King's Bench.

5. A collection or group of dogs exhibited to the public; so named because the animals are usually placed on benches or raised platforms.

6. A conformation like a bench; a long stretch of flat ground, or a kind of natural terrace, near a lake or river. Bench mark, a projecting course at the base of a building, or round a pillar, sufficient to form a seat.

(01 Mar 1998)