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bench

Vox populi
A long worktable.

Law
(1) The location where a judge sits in court.
(2) Judges and the judiciary regarded as an aggregate, as in the deference a lawyer would pay to the bench. It is a singular that also serves as a plural, not unlike a murder of lawyers.
 
Research
A popular term for the site where hands-on experimental research (“benchwork”), is performed.
 
Sport medicine
A largely horizontal, usually cushioned piece of gym equipment designed to accommodate a seated or recumbent position from which weights can be lifted.
References in classic literature ?
Suddenly, a little goat jumped in three bounds to the bench, and smelt at Stephanie, who waked at the sound.
I seemed to see a ghostly, indistinct figure sitting in a whirling mass of black and brass for a moment--a figure so transparent that the bench behind with its sheets of drawings was absolutely distinct; but this phantasm vanished as I rubbed my eyes.
King, judges, spectators, all turned their eyes to the bench where the four friends were seated.
God have mercy on us, Addy," he said, in a low voice, sitting down on the bench beside Adam, "what is it?
The usual forms were observed, when the foreman handed up to the bench two bills, on both of which the Judge observed, at the first glance of his eye, the name of Nathaniel Bumppo.
They talked for a few minutes more; the improvement held; he even looked down towards the bench, as if he saw a place on it well worth occupying; when at that moment a touch on her shoulder obliged Anne to turn round.
But just as the wedding was going to be solemnized, old Mr Fox stirred under the bench, and cudgelled all the rabble, and drove them and Mrs Fox out of the house.
Oh"--she murmured again, on a different note, as he stood looking down at her; and without rising she made a place for him on the bench.
Then Little John arose of a sudden from the bench where he sat, and ran to where the brothers of Fountain Abbey were mounting.
He stopped in the village at the priest's house in front of which stood the commander in chief's carriage, and he sat down on the bench at the gate awaiting his Serene Highness, as everyone now called Kutuzov.
Upon a massive bench of polished ersite beneath the gorgeous blooms of a giant pimalia a woman sat.
Then the boy returned to one of the upper rooms, and in spite of the hardness of the glass bench was soon deep in slumberland.