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bank

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noun \ˈbaŋk\

Definition of bank

  1. 1 :  a mound, pile, or ridge raised above the surrounding level: as a :  a piled-up mass of cloud or fog b :  an undersea elevation rising especially from the continental shelf

  2. 2 :  the rising ground bordering a lake, river, or sea or forming the edge of a cut or hollow

  3. 3 a :  a steep slope (as of a hill) b :  the lateral inward tilt of a surface along a curve or of a vehicle (as an airplane) when turning

  4. 4 :  a protective or cushioning rim or piece



Origin of bank

Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse bakki bank; akin to Old English benc bench — more at bench


First Known Use: 13th century


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bank

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Definition of bank

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to raise a bank about b :  to cover (as a fire) with fresh fuel and adjust the draft of air so as to keep in an inactive state c :  to build (a curve) with the roadbed or track inclined laterally upward from the inside edge

  3. 2 :  to heap or pile in a bank

  4. 3 a :  to drive (a ball in billiards) into a cushion b :  to bounce (a ball or shot) off a surface (as a backboard) into or toward a goal <bank in a rebound>

  5. 4 :  to form or group in a tier

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to rise in or form a bank —often used with up <clouds would bank up about midday, and showers fall — William Beebe>

  8. 2 a :  to incline an airplane laterally b (1) :  to incline laterally (2) :  to follow a curve or incline <skiers banking around the turn>



1590

First Known Use of bank

1590


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bank

noun

Definition of bank

  1. 1 a :  an establishment for the custody, loan, exchange, or issue of money, for the extension of credit, and for facilitating the transmission of funds b obsolete :  the table, counter, or place of business of a money changer

  2. 2 :  a person conducting a gambling house or game; specifically :  dealer

  3. 3 :  a supply of something held in reserve: as a :  the fund of supplies (as money, chips, or pieces) held by the banker or dealer for use in a game b :  a fund of pieces belonging to a game (as dominoes) from which the players draw

  4. 4 :  a place where something is held available <memory banks>; especially :  a depot for the collection and storage of a biological product <a blood bank>



Origin of bank

Middle English, from Middle French or Old Italian; Middle French banque, from Old Italian banca, literally, bench, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English benc


First Known Use: 15th century


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bank

verb

Definition of bank

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to manage a bank

  3. 2 :  to deposit money or have an account in a bank

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to deposit or store in a bank

bank on
  1. :  to depend or rely on <can always bank on her friendship>



Circa 1751

First Known Use of bank

circa 1751


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bank

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Definition of bank

  1. 1 :  a group or series of objects arranged together in a row or a tier: as a :  a set of elevators b :  a row or tier of telephones

  2. 2 :  one of the horizontal and usually secondary or lower divisions of a headline



Origin of bank

Middle English banc bench, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English benc


First Known Use: 1614



BANK Defined for Kids

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bank

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noun \ˈbaŋk\

Definition of bank

  1. 1 :  a mound or ridge especially of earth <a bank of snow>

  2. 2 :  the side of a hill

  3. 3 :  the higher ground at the edge of a river, lake, or sea <the banks of the river>

  4. 4 :  something shaped like a mound <a bank of clouds>

  5. 5 :  an undersea elevation :  shoal




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bank

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verb

Definition of bank

bankedbank·ing

  1. 1 :  to build (a curve) in a road or track with a slope upward from the inside edge

  2. 2 :  to heap up in a mound or pile <Wind banked snow against the door.>

  3. 3 :  to raise a pile or mound around <bank a stone wall>

  4. 4 :  to tilt to one side when turning




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bank

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noun

Definition of bank

  1. 1 :  a business where people deposit and withdraw their money and borrow money

  2. 2 :  a small closed container in which money may be saved

  3. 3 :  a storage place for a reserve supply <a blood bank>




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bank

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verb

Definition of bank

bankedbank·ing

  1. 1 :  to have an account in a bank <We bank locally.>

  2. 2 :  to deposit in a bank <bank ten dollars>




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bank

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noun

Definition of bank

  1. :  a group or series of objects arranged together in a row <a bank of seats>




Medical Dictionary

bank

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noun \ˈbaŋk\

Medical Definition of bank

  1. :  a place where something is held available <data bank>; especially :  a depot for the collection and storage of a biological product of human origin for medical use <a sperm bank> <an eye bank>—see blood bank





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