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  • noun
    A long seat for several people, typically made of wood or stone. (a park bench)
    A long, sturdy work table used by a carpenter, mechanic, scientist, or other worker. (a 19th-century wheelwright's bench)
    A judge's seat in a court. (You know I always wonder about the kind of people who sit on these judges benches and pass judgment over people.)
    A seat in Parliament for politicians of a specified party or position. (the Conservative benches)
    A seat on which sports coaches and players sit during a game when they are not playing. (he must settle for a place on the substitute's bench)
    A flat ledge in masonry or on sloping ground. (Emphasis is taken from the towering edifice and transferred to the ledges, curbs, benches and other ground-level surfaces that surround it.)


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