A ~ is a long seat of wood or metal that two or more people can sit on.
He sat down on a park ~.
A ~ is a long, narrow table in a factory or laboratory.
...the laboratory ~.
In parliament, different groups sit on different ~es. For example, the government sits on the government ~es. (BRIT)
...the opposition ~es.
see also back~ , back~er , back~es , front ~
In a court of law, the ~ is the judge or magistrates.
The chairman of the ~ adjourned the case until October 27.
N-SING-COLL: the N