A long seat, often without a back, for two or more persons. Nautical A thwart in a boat. Law The seat for judges in a courtroom. Law The office or position of a judge. Law The judge or judges composing a court. A seat occupied by a person in an official capacity. The office of such a person. A strong worktable, such as one used in carpentry or in a laboratory. A platform on which animals, especially dogs, are exhibited. Sports The place where the players on a team sit when not participating in a game. Sports The reserve players on a team. A level, narrow stretch of land interrupting a declivity. A level elevation of land along a shore or coast, especially one marking a former shoreline. To furnish with benches. To seat on a bench. To show (dogs) in a bench show. Sports To keep out of or remove from a game: benched the goalie for fighting. Sports To bench-press.