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Meaning of bank by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /bæŋk/
    • ( Tasmanian ) IPA: /bɔŋk/
    • ( North American usually ) IPA: /beɪŋk/ or IPA: /bæɪŋk/
    • Rhymes: -æŋk

    Etymology 1

    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 ( third-person singular simple present banks present participle banking, simple past and past participle banked )

    1. ( intransitive ) To deal with a bank or financial institution .
      He banked with Barclays .
    2. ( transitive ) To put into a bank .
      I'm going to bank the money .
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    Middle English banke, from Old English hōbanca ( “couch” ) and Old English banc ( “bank, hillock, embankment” ), from Proto-Germanic *bankô. Akin to Old Norse bakki ( “elevation, hill” ) .


    bank ( plural: banks )

    1. An edge of river, lake, or other watercourse .
    2. ( 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 ) .
    3. A slope of earth, sand, etc.; an embankment .
    4. ( aviation ) The incline of an aircraft, especially during a turn .
    5. ( rail transport ) An incline, a hill .
    Derived terms


    bank ( third-person singular simple present banks present participle banking, simple past and past participle banked )

    1. ( intransitive, aviation ) To roll or incline laterally in order to turn .
    2. ( transitive ) To cause ( an aircraft ) to bank .
    3. ( transitive ) To form into a bank or heap, to bank up .
    4. ( transitive ) To cover the embers of a fire with ashes in order to retain heat .

    Etymology 3

    Middle English bank ( “bank” ), banke, from Old French banc ( “bench” ), of Germanic origin, from Frankish *bank. Akin to Old English benc ( “bench” ) .


    bank ( plural: banks )

    1. A row or panel of items stored or grouped together .
      a bank of switches
    2. A row of keys on a musical keyboard or the equivalent on a typewriter keyboard .


    bank ( third-person singular simple present banks present participle banking, simple past and past participle banked )

    1. ( transitive, order and arrangement ) To arrange or order in a row .


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Explanation of bank by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. have confidence or faith in

    2. bank on your good education
    3. cover with ashes so to control the rate of burning

    4. bank a fire
    5. enclose with a bank

    6. bank roads
    7. tip laterally

    8. the pilot had to bank the aircraft
    9. put into a bank account

    10. be in the banking business

    11. act as the banker in a game or in gambling

    12. do business with a bank or keep an account at a bank

    13. Where do you bank in this town?
    1. a flight maneuver

    2. the plane went into a steep bank
    3. a building in which the business of banking transacted

    4. the bank is on the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon
    5. a container ( usually with a slot in the top ) for keeping money at home

    6. the coin bank was empty
    7. a financial institution that accepts deposits and channels the money into lending activities

    8. he cashed a check at the bank
      that bank holds the mortgage on my home
    9. an arrangement of similar objects in a row or in tiers

    10. he operated a bank of switches
    11. a long ridge or pile

    12. a huge bank of earth
    13. sloping land ( especially the slope beside a body of water )

    14. they pulled the canoe up on the bank
      he sat on the bank of the river and watched the currents
    15. a slope in the turn of a road or track

    16. the funds held by a gambling house or the dealer in some gambling games

    17. he tried to break the bank at Monte Carlo
    18. a supply or stock held in reserve for future use ( especially in emergencies )

    Definition of bank by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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 )”.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. Bank, v. t. To deposit in a bank. Johnson.

    7. 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.

    8. Bank, v. i. ( Aëronautics ) To tilt sidewise in rounding a curve; -- said of a flying machine, an aërocurve, or the like.