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bank - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'bank' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Bank [ n.]
- A bench; a high seat, or seat of distinction or judgment; a tribunal or court.
- 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.
- A steep acclivity, as the slope of a hill, or the side of a ravine.
- The margin of a watercourse; the rising ground bordering a lake, river, or sea, or forming the edge of a cutting, or other hollow.
- An elevation, or rising ground, under the sea; a shoal, shelf, or shallow; as, the banks of Newfoundland.
- 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.
- A bench, as for rowers in a galley; also, a tier of oars.
- 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.
- A sort of table used by printers.
- A bench, or row of keys belonging to a keyboard, as in an organ.
- 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.
- The building or office used for banking purposes.
- A fund from deposits or contributions, to be used in transacting business; a joint stock or capital.
- 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.
- In certain games, as dominos, a fund of pieces from which the players are allowed to draw.
2 . Bank [ v. i.]
- To keep a bank; to carry on the business of a banker.
- To deposit money in a bank; to have an account with a banker.
3 . Bank [ v. t.]
- To raise a mound or dike about; to inclose, defend, or fortify with a bank; to embank.
- To heap or pile up; as, to bank sand.
- To pass by the banks of.
- To deposit in a bank.

Meaning of 'bank' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . bank [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a long ridge or pile
Example in sentence:
  • a huge bank of earth
Meaning (2):
- a financial institution that accepts deposits and channels the money into lending activities
Example in sentence:
  • he cashed a check at the bank;
  • that bank holds the mortgage on my home
Meaning (3):
- an arrangement of similar objects in a row or in tiers
Example in sentence:
  • he operated a bank of switches
Meaning (4):
- sloping land (especially the slope beside a body of water)
Example in sentence:
  • he sat on the bank of the river and watched the currents;
  • they pulled the canoe up on the bank
Meaning (5):
- the funds held by a gambling house or the dealer in some gambling games
Example in sentence:
  • he tried to break the bank at Monte Carlo
Meaning (6):
- a building in which the business of banking transacted
Example in sentence:
  • the bank is on the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon
Meaning (7):
- a container (usually with a slot in the top) for keeping money at home
Example in sentence:
  • the coin bank was empty
Meaning (8):
- a flight maneuver; aircraft tips laterally about its longitudinal axis (especially in turning)
Example in sentence:
  • the plane went into a steep bank
9 . bank [ v]
Meaning (9):
- cover with ashes so to control the rate of burning
Example in sentence:
  • bank a fire
Meaning (10):
- enclose with a bank
Example in sentence:
  • bank roads
Meaning (11):
- have faith or confidence in
Example in sentence:
  • Depend on your family in times of crisis;
  • Look to your friends for support;
  • You can bet on that!;
  • you can count on me to help you any time
Meaning (12):
- put into a bank account
Example in sentence:
  • She deposits her paycheck every month
Meaning (13):
- tip laterally
Example in sentence:
  • the pilot had to bank the aircraft
Meaning (14):
- do business with a bank or keep an account at a bank
Example in sentence:
  • Where do you bank in this town?