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Noun: bank  bangk
  1. Sloping land (especially the slope beside a body of water)
    "they pulled the canoe up on the bank"; "he sat on the bank of the river and watched the currents"
  2. A financial institution that accepts deposits and channels the money into lending activities
    "that bank holds the mortgage on my home"; "he cashed a check at the bank";
    - depository financial institution, banking concern, banking company
  3. A long ridge or pile
    "a huge bank of earth"
  4. An arrangement of similar objects in a row or in tiers
    "he operated a bank of switches"
  5. A supply or stock held in reserve for future use (especially in emergencies)
  6. The funds held by a gambling house or the dealer in some gambling games
    "he tried to break the bank at Monte Carlo"
  7. A slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force
    - cant, camber
  8. A container (usually with a slot in the top) for keeping money at home
    "the coin bank was empty"; "the savings bank was empty";
    - savings bank, coin bank, money box
  9. A building in which the business of banking is transacted
    "the bank is on the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon";
    - bank building
  10. A flight manoeuvre; aircraft tips laterally about its longitudinal axis (especially in turning)
    "the plane went into a steep bank"
Verb: bank  bangk
  1. Tip laterally
    "the pilot had to bank the aircraft"
  2. Enclose with a bank
    "bank roads"
  3. Do business with a bank or keep an account at a bank
    "Where do you bank in this town?"
  4. Act as the banker in a game or in gambling
  5. Be in the banking business
  6. Put into a bank account
    "She banks her paycheque every month";
    - deposit
  7. Cover with ashes so as to control the rate of burning
    "bank a fire"
  8. Have faith or confidence in
    - count, bet, depend, swear, rely, look, calculate, reckon

Derived forms: banks, banking, banked

Type of: act, aeroplane manoeuvre [Brit], airplane maneuver [US], airplane manoeuvre [Cdn], array, backlog, cash in hand, close in, container, cover, deposit, depositary, depository, do work, enclose, finances, financial institution, financial organisation [Brit], financial organization, flight maneuver [US], flight manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], funds, give, incline, inclose, monetary resource, pecuniary resource, repository, reserve, ridge, shut in, side, slope, stockpile, tip, transact, trust, work

Antonym: draw

Part of: banking industry, banking system

Encyclopedia: Bank, George