- IPA: /bæŋk/
- ( Tasmanian ) IPA: /bɔŋk/
- ( North American usually ) IPA: /beɪŋk/ or IPA: /bæɪŋk/
- Rhymes: -æŋk
- An institution where one can place and borrow money and take care of financial affairs .
- A branch office of such an institution
- An underwriter or controller of a card game, also banque .
- A safe and guaranteed place of storage for and retrieval of important items or goods .
- bank account
- bank agent
- bank balance
- bank bill
- bank book
- bank card
- bank charges
- bank cheque
- bank clerk
- bank draft
- bank giro
- bank holiday
- bank interest
- bank loan
- bank manager
- bank of deposit
- bank of issue
- bank paper
- bank rate
- bank reserves
- bank statement
- bank stock
- blood bank
- bottle bank
- break the bank
- central bank
- clearing bank
- cry all the way to the bank
- food bank
- investment bank
- Jodrell Bank
- joint-stock bank
- laugh all the way to the bank
- memory bank
- merchant bank
- national bank
- peat bank
- penny bank
- ( intransitive ) To deal with a bank or financial institution .
- He banked with Barclays .
- ( transitive ) To put into a bank .
- bank on
- An edge of river, lake, or other watercourse .
- ( nautical ) An elevation, or rising ground, under the sea; a shallow area of shifting sand, gravel, mud, and so forth ( for example, a sandbank or mudbank ) .
- A slope of earth, sand, etc.; an embankment .
- ( aviation ) The incline of an aircraft, especially during a turn .
- ( rail transport ) An incline, a hill .
- A row or panel of items stored or grouped together .
- A row of keys on a musical keyboard or the equivalent on a typewriter keyboard .
From Middle English banke, from Middle French banque, from Old Italian banca ( “counter, moneychanger's bench or table” ), of Germanic origin, from Lombardic *bench, counter, from Proto-Germanic *bankiz ( “bench, counter” ), from Proto-Indo-European *bheg- ( “to turn, curve, bend, bow” ). Cognate with Old High German banc, banch ( “counter, bench” ), Old English banc, benc ( “bench” ). More at bench .
bank ( plural: banks )
bank ( plural: banks )
bank ( plural: banks )
Explanation of bank by Wordnet Dictionary
- bank on your good education
- bank a fire
- bank roads
- Banc Bancus Bank n. [OF. banc, LL. bancus. See Bank, n.] A bench; a high seat, or seat of distinction or judgment; a tribunal or court.
In banc, In banco ( the ablative of bancus ), In bank, in full court, or with full judicial authority; as, “sittings in banc ( distinguished from sittings at nisi prius )”.
- Bank ( băṉk ), n. [OE. banke; akin to E. bench, and prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. bakki. See Bench.]
1. A mound, pile, or ridge of earth, raised above the surrounding level; hence, anything shaped like a mound or ridge of earth; as, “a bank of clouds; a bank of snow”.
They cast up a bank against the city. 2 Sam. xx. 15.
2. A steep acclivity, as the slope of a hill, or the side of a ravine.
3. The margin of a watercourse; the rising ground bordering a lake, river, or sea, or forming the edge of a cutting, or other hollow.
Tiber trembled underneath her banks. Shak.
4. An elevation, or rising ground, under the sea; a shoal, shelf, or shallow; as, “the banks of Newfoundland”.
5. ( Mining ) The face of the coal at which miners are working. A deposit of ore or coal, worked by excavations above water level. The ground at the top of a shaft; as, “ores are brought to bank”.
6. ( Aëronautics ) The lateral inclination of an aëroplane as it rounds a curve; as, “a bank of 45° is easy; a bank of 90° is dangerous”.
7. A group or series of objects arranged near together; as, “a bank of electric lamps, etc.”
8. The tilt of a roadway or railroad, at a curve in the road, designed to counteract centrifugal forces acting on vehicles moving rapiudly around the curve, thus reducing the danger of overturning during a turn.
Bank beaver ( Zool. ), the otter. [Local, U.S.] -- Bank swallow, a small American and European swallow ( Clivicola riparia ) that nests in a hole which it excavates in a bank.
- Bank, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Banked( băṉkt ); p. pr. & vb. n. Banking.]
1. To raise a mound or dike about; to inclose, defend, or fortify with a bank; to embank. “Banked well with earth.” Holland.
2. To heap or pile up; as, “to bank sand”.
3. To pass by the banks of. [Obs.] Shak.
4. ( Engineering ) To build ( a roadway or railroad ) with an inclination at a curve in the road, so as to counteract centrifugal forces acting on vehicles moving rapiudly around the curve, thus reducing the danger of vehicles overturning at a curve; as, “the raceway was steeply banked at the curves”.
To bank a fire, To bank up a fire, to cover the coals or embers with ashes or cinders, thus keeping the fire low but alive.
- Bank, n. [Prob. fr. F. banc. Of German origin, and akin to E. bench. See Bench.]
1. A bench, as for rowers in a galley; also, a tier of oars.
Placed on their banks, the lusty Trojan sweep
Neptune's smooth face, and cleave the yielding deep. Waller.
2. ( Law ) The bench or seat upon which the judges sit. The regular term of a court of law, or the full court sitting to hear arguments upon questions of law, as distinguished from a sitting at Nisi Prius, or a court held for jury trials. See Banc. Burrill.
3. ( Printing ) A sort of table used by printers.
4. ( Music ) A bench, or row of keys belonging to a keyboard, as in an organ. Knight.
- Bank, n. [F. banque, It. banca, orig. bench, table, counter, of German origin, and akin to E. bench; cf. G. bank bench, OHG. banch. See Bench, and cf. Banco, Beach.]
1. An establishment for the custody, loan, exchange, or issue, of money, and for facilitating the transmission of funds by drafts or bills of exchange; an institution incorporated for performing one or more of such functions, or the stockholders ( or their representatives, the directors ), acting in their corporate capacity.
2. The building or office used for banking purposes.
3. A fund to be used in transacting business, especially a joint stock or capital.
Let it be no bank or common stock, but every man be master of his own money. Bacon.
4. ( Gaming ) The sum of money or the checks which the dealer or banker has as a fund, from which to draw his stakes and pay his losses.
5. In certain games, as dominos, a fund of pieces from which the players are allowed to draw; in Monopoly, the fund of money used to pay bonuses due to the players, or to which they pay fines.
6. a place where something is stored and held available for future use; specifically, an organization that stores biological products for medical needs; as, “a blood bank, an organ bank, a sperm bank”.
Bank credit, a credit by which a person who has given the required security to a bank has liberty to draw to a certain extent agreed upon. -- Bank of deposit, a bank which receives money for safe keeping. -- Bank of issue, a bank which issues its own notes payable to bearer.
- Bank, v. t. To deposit in a bank. Johnson.
- Bank, v. i.
1. To keep a bank; to carry on the business of a banker.
2. To deposit money in a bank; to have an account with a banker.
- Bank, v. i. ( Aëronautics ) To tilt sidewise in rounding a curve; -- said of a flying machine, an aërocurve, or the like.
Definition of bank by GCIDE Dictionary