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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.