noun A long seat for several people, typically made of wood or stone. A long, sturdy work table used by a carpenter, mechanic, scientist, or other worker. A judge's seat in a court. 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. A flat ledge in masonry or on sloping ground.
verb Exhibit (a dog) at a show. (Affenpinschers and Afghans were benched side by side) Withdraw (a sports player) from play; substitute. (the coach benched quarterback Randall Cunningham in favor of Jim McMahon) short for bench press (verb) (he benched almost 500 pounds)