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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bench  \Bench\,  n.;  pl  {Benches}.  [OE.  bench,  benk,  AS  benc; 
  akin  to  Sw  b["a]nk,  Dan  b[ae]nk,  Icel.  bekkr  OS.,  D.,  &  G. 
  bank.  Cf  {Bank},  {Beach}.] 
  1.  A  long  seat,  differing  from  a  stool  in  its  greater  length. 
 
  Mossy  benches  supplied  the  place  of  chairs.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  2.  A  long  table  at  which  mechanics  and  other  work  as  a 
  carpenter's  bench. 
 
  3.  The  seat  where  judges  sit  in  court. 
 
  To  pluck  down  justice  from  your  awful  bench.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  The  persons  who  sit  as  judges;  the  court;  as  the  opinion 
  of  the  full  bench.  See  {King's  Bench}. 
 
  5.  A  collection  or  group  of  dogs  exhibited  to  the  public;  -- 
  so  named  because  the  animals  are  usually  placed  on  benches 
  or  raised  platforms. 
 
  6.  A  conformation  like  a  bench;  a  long  stretch  of  flat 
  ground,  or  a  kind  of  natural  terrace,  near  a  lake  or 
  river. 
 
  {Bench  mark}  (Leveling),  one  of  a  number  of  marks  along  a 
  line  of  survey,  affixed  to  permanent  objects,  to  show 
  where  leveling  staffs  were  placed. 
 
  {Bench  of  bishops},  the  whole  body  of  English  prelates 
  assembled  in  council. 
 
  {Bench  plane},  any  plane  used  by  carpenters  and  joiners  for 
  working  a  flat  surface,  as  jack  planes,  long  planes. 
 
  {Bench  show},  an  exhibition  of  dogs. 
 
  {Bench  table}  (Arch.),  a  projecting  course  at  the  base  of  a 
  building,  or  round  a  pillar,  sufficient  to  form  a  seat. 




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