Bench vs Basic - What's the difference?

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As a noun bench

is a long seat, for example, in the park or bench can be (weightlifting) the weight one is able to bench press, especially the maximum weight capable of being pressed.

As a verb bench

is (sports) to remove a player from play or bench can be (transitive|and|intransitive|colloquial) to lift by bench pressing or bench can be .

As an adjective basic is




(wikipedia bench)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) bench, benk, bynk, from (etyl) . Related to (l).

Alternative forms

* (l), (l) (dialectal)


  • A long seat, for example, in the park.
  • They sat on a park bench and tossed bread crumbs to the ducks and pigeons.
  • (legal) The people who decide on the verdict; the judiciary.
  • They are awaiting a decision on the motion from the bench .
  • (legal, figuratively) The place where the judges sit.
  • She sat on the bench for 30 years before she retired.
  • (sports) The place where players (substitutes) and coaches sit when not playing.
  • He spent the first three games on the bench , watching.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=March 1 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Chelsea 2 - 1 Man Utd , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=But Chelsea, who left Didier Drogba on the bench as coach Carlo Ancelotti favoured Fernando Torres, staged a stirring fightback to move up to fourth and keep United in their sights on a night when nothing other than victory would have kept the Blues in contention.}}
  • (sports, figuratively) The number of players on a team able to participate, expressed in terms of length.
  • Injuries have shortened the bench .
  • 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.
  • (weightlifting) A horizontal padded surface, usually with a weight rack, used for support during exercise.
  • * 2008 , Lou Schuler, "Foreward", in'' Nate Green, ''Built for Show , page xii
  • I had no bench or power rack, so by necessity every exercise I did started with the weights on the floor.
  • (surveying) A bracket used to mount land surveying equipment onto a stone or a wall. Description of bench, as part of the benchmark etymology
  • After removing the bench , we can use the mark left on the wall as a reference point.
  • A flat ledge in the slope of an earthwork, work of masonry, or similar.
  • *
  • That number carried his glance to the top of this first bulging bench of cliff-base.
  • (geology) A thin strip of relatively flat land bounded by steeper slopes above and below.
  • (UK, Australia, NZ) A kitchen surface on which to prepare food, a counter.
  • A collection or group of dogs exhibited to the public, traditionally on benches or raised platforms.
  • Derived terms
    * benchmark * bench plane * bench trial * bench warrant * bench-warmer * deacon's bench


  • (sports) To remove a player from play.
  • They benched him for the rest of the game because they thought he was injured.
  • (figuratively) To remove someone from a position of responsibility temporarily.
  • (slang) To push the victim back on the person behind them who is on their hands and knees, causing them to fall over.
  • To furnish with benches.
  • * Dryden
  • 'Twas benched with turf.
  • * Tennyson
  • stately theaters benched crescentwise
  • To place on a bench or seat of honour.
  • * Shakespeare
  • whom I have benched and reared to worship
    * (sports)

    Etymology 2

    From bench press by shortening.


  • (transitive, and, intransitive, colloquial) To lift by bench pressing
  • I heard he can bench 150 pounds.
  • * 1988 , Frederick C. Hatfield, "Powersource: Ties that bind", '' ''47 (6): 21.
  • For the first several years of my exclusive career in powerlifting, I couldn't bench too well.


  • (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.

    Etymology 3

    See (bentsh).


  • References




    (en adjective)
  • Necessary, essential for life or some process.
  • Flour is a basic ingredient of bread.
  • Elementary, simple, fundamental, merely functional.
  • The Hotel Sparta’s accommodation is purely basic .
  • (chemistry) Of or pertaining to a base; having a pH greater than 7.
  • (slang) Vapid, boring, or uncool.
  • * 2011 , (Kreayshawn), "(Gucci Gucci)", (w, Somethin' 'Bout Kreay) :
  • Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada / Them basic bitches wear that shit, so I don't even bother
  • * 2013 , Sam Stryker, " Why Does Everyone Hate Anne Hathaway?", The Observer (University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College), Volume 46, Issue 101, 1 March 2013, page 11:
  • I'm not saying people are jealous of Hathaway because she is so perfect. Yes, she does have it all — husband, healthy career, good looks. But she doesn't do anything in an "awesome" way. She's basic .
  • * 2014 , Trevor Thrall, " Firing Line: Rowling says ‘JK,’ Ron and Hermione not meant to be", The Daily Campus (Southern Methodist University), Volume 99, Issue 54, 3 February 2014, page 4:
  • And what can be said about Ginny? She’s basic . My guess is that she spends her time drinking pumpkin spice lattes and watching “Pretty Little Liars.” The Chosen One is way out of her quidditch league.
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  • Synonyms

    * See also * (chemistry) alkaline


    * (chemistry) acidic

    Derived terms

    * basically * BASIC


    (en noun)
  • A necessary commodity, a staple requirement.
  • Rice is a basic for many Asian villagers.
  • An elementary building block, e.g. a fundamental piece of knowledge.
  • Arithmetic is a basic for the study of mathematics.
  • (military) Basic training.
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