What is Approach?

Legal Definition
To move towards the bench in order to have a conversation with the judge and opposing counsel off the record and/or out of the jury's earshot. An attorney or juror (during voir dire) must request to approach the bench, i.e. "Your honor, may I approach the bench?"
Illustrative case law
See, e.g. People v. Maher, 675 N.E.2d 833 (N.Y. 1996).
See also
Legal Definition
In international law. The right of a ship of war, upon the high sea, to visit another vessel for the purpose of ascertaining the nationality of the latter. 1 Kent, Comm. 153, note.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
The right to visiting a ship to ascertain her nationality. See, also, 32 L. R. A. 588.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary