bench-n; 7 Senses

Sense Number 1: a seat, often designed for more than one occupant

Commentary: BENCH[+entity][+artifact][+furniture][+seat]

We sat on the bench feeding the pigeons.
You must have someone spotting you to use the bench press at the gym. (you lie on a bench)
The judge seated himself at his bench in front of the court.
The coach is sitting over there on the bench in the dugout next to the catcher.
The show dogs were taken over to the bench to be seated while the judges looked them over.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 7

Sense Number 2: a work table, used in laboratories, carpentry

Commentary: BENCH[+table][+work][+laboratory/+carpentry]

John has a beautiful work bench set up in his basement for woodworking.
Betty is a bench chemist for a major pharmaceutical firm. (works in a biochemistry lab)
Be careful when using the bench lathe. (mounted to a work table)
The goal of the system is to integrate all the data from bench to bedside. (biotech information from laboratory inception, to drug administration by a doctor)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 3: the administrative office of being a judge, magistrate or legislator

Commentary: BENCH[+role][+office][+administrative][+judicial/+legislative] [+assembly][+court][+judge]

She was appointed to the civil bench and served for ten years.
He is a prominent member of the Conservative bench in Parliament.
It was a pledge given by the opposition benches yesterday.
A ruling from the bench is expected soon. (a specific ruling by specific judges)
The attorneys were asked to approach the bench. (approach specific judges right now)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 5

Sense Number 4: the reserve players of a sports team

Commentary: BENCH[+team][+sport][+reserve]

Their bench includes two new relief pitchers.
He has been pulled from the bench to be in the starting lineup.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 5: Placeholder Sense: Do Not Choose


WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 6: a geological shelf or ridge between two sharp slopes

Commentary: BENCH[+form][+geological][+shelf]

There is a bench about halfway down the cliff that you can walk along.
The bench above the coastal highway crumbled away during the last big mudslide.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 7: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)