noun A long seat for several people, typically made of wood or stone. (a park bench) A long work table in a workshop or laboratory. (a 19th-century wheelwright's bench) A judge's seat in a law court. A long seat in Parliament for politicians of a specified party. (the Conservative benches) A seat at the side of a sports field for coaches, substitutes, and players not taking part in a game. (he must settle for a place on the substitute's bench) 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. (the coach benched quarterback Cunningham in favour of McMahon) short for bench press (verb) (he benched almost 500 pounds)