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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.
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But with the rapidity of thought D'Artagnan seized Athos by the waist, and followed by Porthos with Aramis, leaped down from the benches, rushed into the passages, and flying down the staircase were lost in the crowd without, while the muskets within were pointed on some three thousand spectators, whose piteous cries and noisy alarm stopped the impulse already given to bloodshed.
The judges were looking for a new outbreak from the benches. The spectators saw the muskets leveled at them, and divided between fear and curiosity, remained noisy and excited.
"Why are not my Frenchmen here?" he murmured proudly and turning his eyes to the benches where they had appeared for a moment; "they would have seen that their friend was worthy of their defense while alive, and of their tears when dead."
"That is for me," replied the colonel, pointing to a pistol already loaded, which was lying on the bench; "and this is for her," he added, as he forced the wad into the weapon he held.
He took it from her hastily, caught up the one that was on the bench, and rushed away.
For hours the girl lay sobbing upon the bench, whilst within her raged the mighty battle of the heart against the head.
An instant rush for some other lecture-room followed, and in a minute I was alone with the empty benches once more.
These dogs had a rather dry time of it; for they were tied to the benches and had no amusement for an hour or two at a time except what they could get out of pawing at the gnats, or trying to sleep and not succeeding.
Bench number 2 will comprise Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Muneeb Akhtar.
The bench headed by Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan observed that prima facie the conduct of the principal law officer was tantamount to contempt of court as he also skipped the last hearing.
A divisional bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhter Kiyani heard the case filed by Talpur.