bench

[OE] Old English benc goes back to Germanic *bangk-, also the source of English bank (the related German bank means ‘bench’). The Northern and Scottish English versions of the word were benk and bink. The specific application to the seat on which a judge sits arose in the 13th century. => BANK

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • bench — n 1: the place where a judge sits in court asked counsel to approach the bench compare bar 1a, dock, jury box, sidebar …   Law dictionary

  • 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. [1913 Webster] Mossy benches supplied the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bench — oder (abwertend) Gimira bezeichnet Bench (Sprache), eine Sprache in Äthiopien Bench (Volk), eine Ethnie in Äthiopien Bench (Woreda), einen Verwaltungsbezirk in Äthiopien. Bench (Bekleidung), eine britische Bekleidungsfirma Bench ist außerdem der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • bench — bench·er; bench; bench·man; bench·mark·ing; …   English syllables

  • bench — [bench] n. [ME < OE benc: see BANK2] 1. a long, hard seat for several persons, with or without a back 2. a seat between the two sides of a boat 3. the place where judges sit in a court 4. [sometimes B ] a) the status or of …   English World dictionary

  • Bench — Bench, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Benched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Benching}.] 1. To furnish with benches. [1913 Webster] T was benched with turf. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Stately theaters benched crescentwise. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. To place on a bench… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bench — (n.) O.E. benc long seat, from P.Gmc. *bankiz bank of earth, perhaps here man made earthwork, later bench, table (Cf. O.Fris. bank bench, O.N. bekkr, Dan. bænk, M.Du. banc, O.H.G. banch), from PIE root *bheg to break. Used for …   Etymology dictionary

  • bench — [n1] furniture for sitting bank, chair, form, lawn seat, pew, seat, settee, settle, stall; concept 443 bench [n2] large table board, counter, desk, easel, ledge, shelf, trestle, workbench, work table; concept 443 bench [n3] group of judges co …   New thesaurus

  • bench — ► NOUN 1) a long seat for more than one person. 2) a long, sturdy work table in a workshop or laboratory. 3) (the bench) the office of judge or magistrate. 4) (the bench) a seat at the side of a sports field for coaches and players not taking… …   English terms dictionary

  • Bench — Bench, v. i. To sit on a seat of justice. [R.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bench — (engl., spr. bensch), Bank, s. King s Bench …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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