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1bank

noun \ˈbaŋk\

Definition of BANK

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
:  the rising ground bordering a lake, river, or sea or forming the edge of a cut or hollow
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
:  a protective or cushioning rim or piece
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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

2bank

verb

Definition of BANK

transitive verb
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
2
:  to heap or pile in a bank
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>
4
:  to form or group in a tier
intransitive verb
1
:  to rise in or form a bank —often used with up <clouds would bank up about midday, and showers fall — William Beebe>
2
a :  to incline an airplane laterally
b (1) :  to incline laterally
(2) :  to follow a curve or incline <skiers banking around the turn>

First Known Use of BANK

1590

3bank

noun

Definition of BANK

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
:  a person conducting a gambling house or game; specifically :  dealer
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
:  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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4bank

verb

Definition of BANK

intransitive verb
1
:  to manage a bank
2
:  to deposit money or have an account in a bank
transitive verb
:  to deposit or store in a bank
bank on
:  to depend or rely on <can always bank on her friendship>

First Known Use of BANK

circa 1751

5bank

noun

Definition of BANK

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
:  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

1bank

noun \ˈbaŋk\

Definition of BANK for Kids

1
:  a mound or ridge especially of earth <a bank of snow>
2
:  the side of a hill
3
:  the higher ground at the edge of a river, lake, or sea <the banks of the river>
4
:  something shaped like a mound <a bank of clouds>
5
:  an undersea elevation :  shoal

2bank

verb
bankedbank·ing

Definition of BANK for Kids

1
:  to build (a curve) in a road or track with a slope upward from the inside edge
2
:  to heap up in a mound or pile <Wind banked snow against the door.>
3
:  to raise a pile or mound around <bank a stone wall>
4
:  to tilt to one side when turning

3bank

noun

Definition of BANK for Kids

1
:  a business where people deposit and withdraw their money and borrow money
2
:  a small closed container in which money may be saved
3
:  a storage place for a reserve supply <a blood bank>

4bank

verb
bankedbank·ing

Definition of BANK for Kids

1
:  to have an account in a bank <We bank locally.>
2
:  to deposit in a bank <bank ten dollars>

5bank

noun

Definition of BANK for Kids

:  a group or series of objects arranged together in a row <a bank of seats>
Medical Dictionary

bank

noun \ˈbaŋk\

Medical Definition of BANK

:  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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