bank
Pronunciation Noun

bank (plural banks)

  1. An institution where one can place and borrow money and take care of financial affairs.
  2. A branch office of such an institution.
  3. An underwriter or controller of a card game; also banque.
    Synonyms: banker
  4. A fund from deposits or contributions, to be used in transacting business; a joint stock or capital.
    • RQ
      Let it be no bank or common stock, but every man be master of his own money.
  5. (gambling) The sum of money etc. which the dealer or banker has as a fund from which to draw stakes and pay losses.
  6. (slang, uncountable) money; profit
  7. In certain games, such as dominos, a fund of pieces from which the players are allowed to draw.
  8. A safe and guaranteed place of storage for and retrieval of important items or goods.
    blood bank; sperm bank; data bank
  9. A device used to store coins or currency.
    If you want to buy a bicycle, you need to put the money in your piggy bank.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: банкомёт
  • Spanish: banca
Translations
  • Russian: банк
Translations Translations Verb

bank (banks, present participle banking; past and past participle banked)

  1. (intransitive) To deal with a bank or financial institution, or for an institution to provide financial services to a client.
    He banked with Barclays.
  2. (transitive) To put into a bank.
    I'm going to bank the money.
  3. (transitive, slang) To conceal in the rectum for use in prison.
    Johnny banked some coke for me.
Translations
  • Spanish: tener la cuenta en
Translations Noun

bank (plural banks)

  1. (hydrology) An edge of river, lake, or other watercourse.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      Tiber trembled underneath her banks.
    • 2014, Ian Jack, "Is this the end of Britishness ↗", The Guardian, 16 September 2014:
      Just upstream of Dryburgh Abbey, a reproduction of a classical Greek temple stands at the top of a wooded hillock on the river’s north bank.
  2. (nautical, hydrology) 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).
    the banks of Newfoundland
  3. (geography) 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.
  6. A mass noun for a quantity of clouds.
    The bank of clouds on the horizon announced the arrival of the predicted storm front.
  7. (mining) The face of the coal at which miners are working.
  8. (mining) A deposit of ore or coal, worked by excavations above water level.
  9. (mining) The ground at the top of a shaft.
    Ores are brought to bank.
Related terms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: sbandamento
  • Russian: вира́ж
  • Spanish: ladeo
Verb

bank (banks, present participle banking; 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.
    to bank sand
  4. (transitive) To cover the embers of a fire with ashes in order to retain heat.
  5. (transitive) To raise a mound or dike about; to enclose, defend, or fortify with a bank; to embank.
    • banked well with earth
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To pass by the banks of.
Translations
  • Russian: накреняться
  • Spanish: ladearse
Translations
  • Spanish: ladear
Translations Noun

bank (plural banks)

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

bank (banks, present participle banking; past and past participle banked)

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

bank (plural banks)

  1. A bench, as for rowers in a galley; also, a tier of oars.
    • Placed on their banks, the lusty Trojans sweep / Neptune's smooth face, and cleave the yielding deep.
  2. A bench or seat for judges in court.
  3. 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.
  4. (archaic, printing) A kind of table used by printers.
  5. (music) A bench, or row of keys belonging to a keyboard, as in an organ.
  6. (uncountable) slang for money
Related terms
Bank
Proper noun
  1. A village in the New Forest.
  2. (rail) A major London Underground station in the City of London, named after the Bank of England and one of the busiest stations on the network (OS grid ref TQ3281)



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