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bench

1. the bench
a. a judge or magistrate sitting in court in a judicial capacity
b. judges or magistrates collectively
2. Geology a flat narrow platform of land, esp one marking a former shoreline

Bench

A seat with or without a back; most often it is constructed of wood.

Bench

 

(in Russian, zakhodka), mining term for the part of a shoulder that is to be worked by an excavator. It has the shape of a strip equal to the width of the face.

bench

[bench]
(geology)
A terrace of level earth or rock that is raised and narrow and that breaks the continuity of a declivity.
(mining engineering)
One of two or more divisions of a coal seam, separated by slate and so forth or simply separated by the process of cutting the coal, one bench or layer being cut before the adjacent one.
A long horizontal ledge of ore in an underground working place.
A ledge in an open-pit mine from which excavation takes place at a constant level.

bench

1. A long seat, usually of wood, with or without a back, usually for several persons.
2. A berm, 6.
3. Same as pretensioning bed.
References in classic literature ?
Seth turned half around on the bench, striving to see her face in the darkness.
His cell was about five feet by seven in size, with a stone floor and a heavy wooden bench built into it.
The teacher, a grave, elderly man, interfered; then turned his back a moment and Tom pulled a boy's hair in the next bench, and was absorbed in his book when the boy turned around; stuck a pin in another boy, presently, in order to hear him say "Ouch
Lorry thought he saw, as he leaned forward on his bench in the dusk, with his elbows on his knees and his head in his hands, that he was in some misty way asking himself, "Why not?
We are friends," said I, rising and bending over her, as she rose from the bench.
I say so because his fate brought him to my galley and to my bench, and made him a slave to the same master; and before we left the port this gentleman composed two sonnets by way of epitaphs, one on the Goletta and the other on the fort; indeed, I may as well repeat them, for I have them by heart, and I think they will be liked rather than disliked.
Philippe then saw the poor insane creature lying on a bench in the sun.
I got off the thing very shaky, and sat down upon my bench.
And he mounted on the bench to try and get a sight of her.
He threw himself on the bench and stared dully at the wood and the signs of work around him, wondering if he should ever come to feel pleasure in them again, while Gyp, dimly aware that there was something wrong with his master, laid his rough grey head on Adam's knee and wrinkled his brows to look up at him.
Sylvie looked calmly pleased, Eulalie swelled like an incensed turkey, but the mutiny was quelled: the conceited coquetry and futile flirtation of the first bench were exchanged for a taciturn sullenness, much more convenient to me, and the rest of my lesson passed without interruption.
A party of constables with their staves followed the sheriff, preceding Marmaduke and four plain, grave-looking yeomen, who were his associates on the bench.