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Chair vs. Bench

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Chairnoun

An item of furniture used to sit on or in comprising a seat, legs, back, and sometimes arm rests, for use by one person. Compare stool, couch, sofa, settee, loveseat and bench.

‘All I need to weather a snowstorm is hot coffee, a warm fire, a good book and a comfortable chair.’;

Benchnoun

A long seat with or without a back, found for example in parks and schools.

‘They sat on a park bench and tossed bread crumbs to the ducks and pigeons.’;

Chairnoun

(music) The seating position of a particular musician in an orchestra.

‘My violin teacher used to play first chair with the Boston Pops.’;

Benchnoun

(legal) The people who decide on the verdict; the judiciary.

‘They are awaiting a decision on the motion from the bench.’;

Chairnoun

(rail transport) An iron block used on railways to support the rails and secure them to the sleepers, and similar devices.

Benchnoun

The place where the judges sit.

‘She sat on the bench for 30 years before she retired.’;

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Chairnoun

(chemistry) One of two possible conformers of cyclohexane rings (the other being boat), shaped roughly like a chair.

Benchnoun

The dignity of holding an official seat.

‘the bench of bishops; the civic bench’;

Chairnoun

A distinguished professorship at a university.

Benchnoun

(sports) The place where players (substitutes) and coaches sit when not playing.

‘He spent the first three games on the bench, watching.’;

Chairnoun

A vehicle for one person; either a sedan borne upon poles, or a two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse; a gig.

Benchnoun

The number of players on a team able to participate, expressed in terms of length.

‘Injuries have shortened the bench.’;

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Chairverb

(transitive) to act as chairperson at; to preside over

‘Bob will chair tomorrow's meeting.’;

Benchnoun

A place where assembly or hand work is performed; a workbench.

‘She placed the workpiece on the bench, inspected it closely, and opened the cover.’;

Chairverb

(transitive) to carry in a seated position upon one's shoulders, especially in celebration or victory

Benchnoun

(weightlifting) A horizontal padded surface, usually with a weight rack, used for support during exercise.

Chairverb

to award a chair to (a winning poet) at a Welsh eisteddfod

‘The poet was chaired at the national Eisteddfod.’;

Benchnoun

(surveying) A bracket used to mount land surveying equipment onto a stone or a wall.

‘After removing the bench, we can use the mark left on the wall as a reference point.’;

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Chairnoun

A movable single seat with a back.

Benchnoun

A flat ledge in the slope of an earthwork, work of masonry, or similar.

Chairnoun

An official seat, as of a chief magistrate or a judge, but esp. that of a professor; hence, the office itself.

‘The chair of a philosophical school.’; ‘A chair of philology.’;

Benchnoun

(geology) A thin strip of relatively flat land bounded by steeper slopes above and below.

Chairnoun

The presiding officer of an assembly; a chairman; as, to address the chair.

Benchnoun

A kitchen surface on which to prepare food, a counter.

Chairnoun

A vehicle for one person; either a sedan borne upon poles, or two-wheeled carriage, drawn by one horse; a gig.

‘Think what an equipage thou hast in air,And view with scorn two pages and a chair.’;

Benchnoun

A bathroom surface which holds the washbasin, a vanity.

Chairnoun

An iron block used on railways to support the rails and secure them to the sleepers.

Benchnoun

A collection or group of dogs exhibited to the public, traditionally on benches or raised platforms.

Chairverb

To place in a chair.

Benchnoun

(weightlifting) The weight one is able to bench press, especially the maximum weight capable of being pressed.

‘He became frustrated when his bench increased by only 10 pounds despite a month of training.’;

Chairverb

To carry publicly in a chair in triumph.

Benchverb

To remove a player from play.

‘They benched him for the rest of the game because they thought he was injured.’;

Chairverb

To function as chairperson of (a meeting, committee, etc.); as, he chaired the meeting.

Benchverb

To remove someone from a position of responsibility temporarily.

Chairnoun

a seat for one person, with a support for the back;

‘he put his coat over the back of the chair and sat down’;

Benchverb

(slang) To push a person backward against a conspirator behind them who is on their hands and knees, causing them to fall over.

Chairnoun

the position of professor;

‘he was awarded an endowed chair in economics’;

Benchverb

(transitive) To furnish with benches.

Chairnoun

the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization;

‘address your remarks to the chairperson’;

Benchverb

(transitive) To place on a bench or seat of honour.

Chairnoun

an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles a chair;

‘the murderer was sentenced to die in the chair’;

Benchverb

To lift by bench pressing

‘I heard he can bench 150 pounds.’;

Chairverb

act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university;

‘She chaired the department for many years’;

Benchverb

alternative spelling of bentsh

Chairverb

preside over;

‘John moderated the discussion’;

Benchnoun

A long seat, differing from a stool in its greater length.

‘Mossy benches supplied the place of chairs.’;

Chair

One of the basic pieces of furniture, a chair is a type of seat. Its primary features are two pieces of a durable material, attached as back and seat to one another at a 90° or slightly greater angle, with usually the four corners of the horizontal seat attached in turn to four legs—or other parts of the seat's underside attached to three legs or to a shaft about which a four-arm turnstile on rollers can turn—strong enough to support the weight of a person who sits on the seat (usually wide and broad enough to hold the lower body from the buttocks almost to the knees) and leans against the vertical back (usually high and wide enough to support the back to the shoulder blades).

Benchnoun

A long table at which mechanics and other work; as, a carpenter's bench.

Benchnoun

The seat where judges sit in court.

‘To pluck down justice from your awful bench.’;

Benchnoun

The persons who sit as judges; the court; as, the opinion of the full bench. See King's Bench.

Benchnoun

A collection or group of dogs exhibited to the public; - so named because the animals are usually placed on benches or raised platforms.

Benchnoun

A conformation like a bench; a long stretch of flat ground, or a kind of natural terrace, near a lake or river.

Benchverb

To furnish with benches.

‘'T was benched with turf.’; ‘Stately theaters benched crescentwise.’;

Benchverb

To place on a bench or seat of honor.

‘Whom I . . . have benched and reared to worship.’;

Benchverb

To sit on a seat of justice.

Benchnoun

a long seat for more than one person

Benchnoun

the reserve players on a team;

‘our team has a strong bench’;

Benchnoun

a level shelf of land interrupting a declivity (with steep slopes above and below)

Benchnoun

persons who administer justice

Benchnoun

a strong worktable for a carpenter or mechanic

Benchnoun

the magistrate or judge or judges sitting in court in judicial capacity to compose the court collectively

Benchverb

take out of a game; of players

Benchverb

exhibit on a bench;

‘bench the poodles at the dog show’;

Benchnoun

a long seat for several people, typically made of wood or stone

‘a park bench’;

Benchnoun

a long work table in a workshop or laboratory

‘a 19th-century wheelwright's bench’;

Benchnoun

a judge's seat in a law court.

Benchnoun

the office of judge or magistrate

‘his appointment to the civil bench’;

Benchnoun

a judge or magistrate presiding over a particular case.

Benchnoun

a long seat in Parliament for politicians of a specified party

‘the Conservative benches’;

Benchnoun

the politicians occupying a specified bench in Parliament

‘the pledge that was given by the Opposition benches yesterday’;

Benchnoun

a seat at the side of a sports field for coaches, substitutes, and players not taking part in a game

‘he must settle for a place on the substitute's bench’;

Benchnoun

a flat ledge in masonry or on sloping ground.

Benchverb

exhibit (a dog) at a show

‘Affenpinschers and Afghans were benched side by side’;

Benchverb

withdraw (a sports player) from play

‘the coach benched quarterback Cunningham in favour of McMahon’;

Benchverb

short for bench press (verb)

‘he benched almost 500 pounds’;

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