bench

Definitions

  • Rip-sawing with Wood Held in Bench-Vise
    Rip-sawing with Wood Held in Bench-Vise
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bench exhibit on a bench "bench the poodles at the dog show"
    • v bench take out of a game; of players
    • n bench a long seat for more than one person
    • n bench (law) the seat for judges in a courtroom
    • n bench a strong worktable for a carpenter or mechanic
    • n bench persons who administer justice
    • n bench the reserve players on a team "our team has a strong bench"
    • n Bench the magistrate or judge or judges sitting in court in judicial capacity to compose the court collectively
    • n bench a level shelf of land interrupting a declivity (with steep slopes above and below)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Adjustable Chisel-Gage.  Wooden Bench-Plane Adjustable Chisel-Gage. Wooden Bench-Plane
Using the Block-Plane and Bench-Hook Using the Block-Plane and Bench-Hook
Bench made with Pinned Mortise-and-Tenon Joints, Low Back Bench made with Pinned Mortise-and-Tenon Joints, Low Back
Woodworking Bench used at Pratt Institute, Showing Self-Adjusting Upright Vise Woodworking Bench used at Pratt Institute, Showing Self-Adjusting Upright Vise
Bench-Hook Bench-Hook
Four Different Arrangements of Benches in a Shop Four Different Arrangements of Benches in a Shop
Gluing and Staining Bench Covered with Zinc Gluing and Staining Bench Covered with Zinc
Jacques, with his crutches, sits on a bench under a tree Jacques, with his crutches, sits on a bench under a tree

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the "Princess Diaries" when the main character is talking to her friend while walking up and down a bench, she falls which portrays her clumsey character. That wasn't on purpose, though. It was raining and the bench was very slippery and she fell for real. If you watch that scene, it will make perfect sense consdering the way they were laughing and how the princess told her friend to keep talking. The director liked it, so he kept it.
    • Bench A collection or group of dogs exhibited to the public; -- so named because the animals are usually placed on benches or raised platforms.
    • Bench A conformation like a bench; a long stretch of flat ground, or a kind of natural terrace, near a lake or river.
    • Bench A long seat, differing from a stool in its greater length. "Mossy benches supplied the place of chairs."
    • Bench A long table at which mechanics and other work; as, a carpenter's bench .
    • Bench The persons who sit as judges; the court; as, the opinion of the full bench . See King's Bench.
    • Bench The seat where judges sit in court. "To pluck down justice from your awful bench ."
    • Bench To furnish with benches. "'T was benched with turf.""Stately theaters benched crescentwise."
    • Bench To place on a bench or seat of honor. "Whom I . . . have benched and reared to worship."
    • v. i Bench To sit on a seat of justice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bench A long seat, usually of board or plank, or of stone, differing from a stool in its greater length.
    • n bench The seat where judges sit in court; the seat of justice.
    • n bench Hence The body of persons who sit as judges; the court: as, the case is to go before the full bench.
    • n bench A strong table on which carpenters or other mechanics do their work; a work-bench. In this sense bench forms an element in a number of compound words denoting tools used on a bench, such as bench-drill, bench-hammer, bench-plane.
    • n bench The floor or ledge which supports muffles and retorts.
    • n bench A platform or a series of elevated stalls or boxes on which animals are placed for exhibition, as at a dog-show.
    • n bench In engineering, a ledge left on the edge of a cutting in earthwork to strengthen it.
    • n bench In geology and mining:
    • n bench A natural terrace, marking the outcrop of a harder seam or stratum, and thus indicating a change in the character of the rock.
    • n bench In coal-mining, a division of a coal-seam separated from the remainder of the bed by a parting of shale or any other kind of rock or mineral.
    • n bench A small area of nearly level or gently sloping land, rising above the adjacent low region, and forming a part of a terrace or wash, disunited from the remainder by erosion. Sometimes, though rarely, used as synonymous with terrace.
    • n bench The driver's seat on a coach.
    • bench To furnish with benches.
    • bench To bank up.
    • bench To seat on a bench; place on a seat of honor.
    • bench To place on a show-bench for exhibition, as a dog.
    • bench In mining: To undercut, kirve, or hole (the coal).
    • bench To wedge up the bottoms below the holing when this is done in the middle of the seam.
    • bench To sit on a seat of justice.
    • n bench A horizontal subdivision of a bed of coal or other mineral.
    • n bench A glass tray in which microscopical slides can be placed, in a vertical position, for staining or other purposes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bench bensh a long seat or form with or without a back: a seat in a boat: a mechanic's work-table: a judge's seat: the body or assembly of judges: a tribunal: the dignity of holding an official seat, as the 'bench of bishops,' the 'civic bench.'—v.t. to place on or furnish with benches
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Quotations

  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.”
  • Nelson Algren
    Nelson Algren
    “The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility of the writer in all ages of man.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bench, benk, AS. benc,; akin to Sw. bänk, Dan bænk, Icel. bekkr, OS., D., & G. bank,. Cf. Bank Beach
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. benc; cog. with Ger. and Dut. bank.

Usage

In literature:

The maid lay in her blanket on the bench.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
When there was a bench down at the door, he could, at least, write on the bench; but that has been taken away.
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis
The eldest brother sprang to his feet like a flash, knocking over a bench in his excitement.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
Carrie sat down on a bench under a giant fir and Jim lighted a cigarette.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
The ball rocked and twirled so that we were forced to cling to the circular bench to avoid being thrown to the floor.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
Upon the other benches sprawled some of the city's derelicts.
"The Trimming of Goosie" by James Hopper
She moved a little aside, as an invitation for him to share the bench.
"The Destroyer" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
May also be used for acid-proofing work benches, floor, shelves, charging bench, and so on.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
Stan and O'Malley sat down on a bench with Sim.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
The fat woman twisting on her bench, was also smiling.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
There was a rostrum, on which two wooden benches faced a table and a chair in the centre.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
Ten feet forward from us the towering figure of a man sat on a bench with the steering mechanism before him.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
The flame-tool, its switch now turned off, was still on the work-bench.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
The mortally stricken de Praille sank back against a marble bench.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
At the river's edge a group of ragged urchins were romping noisily; and on a bench near them a young priest sat, writing in a notebook.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The shampooing benches may be similar in description and size to those in the hot rooms.
"The Turkish Bath" by Robert Owen Allsop
It was there on the bench this morning with his bundle.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
De floor am de dirt but we has de benches and what is made on de place.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
When he came back to the bench the group there was busy with the Captain's news.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
There was the little bench on which Heimchen had sat close by her side, almost at her feet.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
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In poetry:

He caught it up and cast it wide
Against the gable wall;
Then to the dais did he stride,
O’er beam and bench and all.
"The Hall And The Wood" by William Morris
But he dispised the lazy great
As on his bench he sat
And thought his Shop a room of State
When you co'd'nt swing a Cat.
"Song (Number 1)" by Royall Tyler
His blood the fiery law did quench,
Its summons need not scare;
Tho't cite thee to Heav'n's awful bench,
Thy Husband's at the bar.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
The bench was then my sole delight;
My care was parting wrong from right.
As I sat president of three,
Decision was referr'd to me.
"A.B.C." by William Hutton
I pray, O Master, let me lie,
As on thy bench the favoured wood;
Thy saw, thy plane, thy chisel ply,
And work me into something good.
"The Carpenter" by George MacDonald
Then I, at bench, or desk, or oar,
With knife or needle, voice or pen,
As thou in Nazareth of yore,
Shall do the Father's will again.
"The Carpenter" by George MacDonald

In news:

Volcano watchers Steven and Donna O'Meara were at the Puna coastline last week when at least 3 large benches of freshly hardened lava collapsed into the Pacific.
Knicks' bench, led by Baron Davis, doesn't have same explosiveness second time against Nets.
The Bench Chef Yousef Ghalaini sliding a sizzling pan of electric-green blistered and sea-salted Shishito peppers ($9) from the oven.
Governor nominates 2 for Superior Court judgeships, prosecutor for Family Court bench.
Every member on the court and bench is a part of the same family.
I was sure my dad knew this stuff, as his own father had been a pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps guy with a well-stocked tool bench and uncompromising character.
Kirilenko returns to bench, finisher role.
Describes the construction of the unique benches for the Pentagon Memorial.
Bench, flagpole honor missing pair.
ESSEX — A public bench and a flagpole have been installed in memory of a Vermont couple who authorities say were abducted from their Essex home and killed last year.
A public bench and a flagpole have been installed in memory of a Vermont couple who authorities say were abducted from their Essex home and killed last year.
Back at the bench, attempting to get something, anything completed.
How do I input the gas flow rate in a bench scale gasification reactor.
I have bench scale gasification reactor (over 850 degrees C, 5 to 8 bar).
The path winding off into the distance, the arms of the bench beckoning yup, 'nuff said.
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In science:

Doppler shifts due to optical bench motions.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
The scheme we have described above can also be extended in a straight forward way to include optical bench motions.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
There are now twelve Doppler streams of data and we apply the above scheme to cancel the noise due to optical bench drift and laser frequency noise.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
In the subsection III B this approach is extended to cancel the acceleration noise of the optical benches.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
The optical bench motion noise can also be eliminated using the same method.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
There are two optical benches on each space-craft which have random velocities and are connected by optical fibers.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
Since we are interested in the cancellation of laser frequency noise and motion of the optical benches, we write expressions for the beams containing only these quantities.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
The quantities pertaining to the left bench will be unstarred while that for the right bench are starred.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
There are now twelve Doppler data streams which need to be combined in an appropriate manner in order to cancel the noise from the laser as well as from the motion of the optical benches.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
Vi , V∗ i and ηi the frequency shifts in the optical fibers connecting the optical benches in space-craft i.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
In the last section we have studied various combinations of beams which cancels the laser phase noise and optical bench acceleration noise.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
The laser phase noise and optical bench acceleration noise is then also cancelled for the linear combinations.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
We recall that the laser frequency noise and optical bench motion noise can be cancelled by taking appropriate combinations of the beams.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
Results from bench tests of the first prototypes are presented.
Development of a Hybrid Photo-Diode and its Front-End Electronics for the BTEV Experiment
We tested our algorithm on bench-mark test functions.
Generalized Evolutionary Algorithm based on Tsallis Statistics
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