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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bank1 /bæŋk/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a long pile or heap;
    mass:a bank of clouds.
  2. a slope;
    incline:trees planted on the bank to the highway.
  3. Geographythe slope of land that borders a stream, river, or lake:The banks of the river had overflowed.

  1. [+ object] to border with or like a bank: a round area banked with seats.
  2. to pile up or form into a bank: [+ object]The plow banked the snow into my driveway.[no object]The snow banked up about 30 feet during the blizzard.
  3. [+ object] to cover (a fire) with ashes to make it burn more slowly.
  4. Aeronautics to tip or incline to one side:[no object]The plane banked to the left.
  5. Civil Engineering, Rail Transport (of a road) to slope upward from the inner edge to the outer edge at a curve:[no object]The road banks at a sharp angle here.

bank2 /bæŋk/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Businessa business institution for receiving, lending, and keeping money safe.
  2. a small container for holding money, esp. coins.
  3. a special storage place: a blood bank.
  4. a reserve or collection:data banks.

  1. Businessto keep or deposit (money) in a bank: [+ object]banked her salary.[no object]Where do you bank?
  2. bank on or upon, [+ on/upon + object] to count on;
    depend on:If she says she'll be there, you can bank on it.

bank3 /bæŋk/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a group of objects in a line or a row.
  2. Electricitya number of similar devices connected to act together: a bank of computer terminals.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bank1  (bangk),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a long pile or heap;
    mass:a bank of earth; a bank of clouds.
  2. a slope or acclivity.
  3. Geography[Physical Geog.]the slope immediately bordering a stream course along which the water normally runs.
  4. Oceanographya broad elevation of the sea floor around which the water is relatively shallow but not a hazard to surface navigation.
  5. Mining[Coal Mining.]the surface around the mouth of a shaft.
  6. Civil Engineering, Rail Transport, Civil EngineeringAlso called  cant, superelevation. the inclination of the bed of a banked road or railroad.
  7. Aeronauticsthe lateral inclination of an aircraft, esp. during a turn.
  8. Games[Billiards, Pool.]the cushion of the table.

  1. to border with or like a bank;
    embank:banking the river with sandbags at flood stage.
  2. to form into a bank or heap (usually fol. by up):to bank up the snow.
  3. Civil Engineering, Rail Transportto build (a road or railroad track) with an upward slope from the inner edge to the outer edge at a curve.
  4. Aeronauticsto tip or incline (an airplane) laterally.
  5. Games[Billiards, Pool.]
    • to drive (a ball) to the cushion.
    • to pocket (the object ball) by driving it against the bank.
  6. to cover (a fire) with ashes or fuel to make it burn long and slowly.

  1. Meteorologyto build up in or form banks, as clouds or snow.
  2. Aeronauticsto tip or incline an airplane laterally.
  3. Time[Horol.](of a lever or balance) to be halted at either end of its oscillation by striking a pin or the like.
  4. Civil Engineering, Rail Transport(of a road or railroad track) to slope upward from the inner edge to the outer edge at a curve.
  • Gmc *bank-ōn-; perh. akin to Sanskrit bhañj- bend, Lithuanian bangà wave; see bank3, bench
  • 1150–1200; Middle English banke, Old English hōbanca couch; cognate with Old Norse bakki elevation, hill, Swedish backe, Danish bakke
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged embankment, mound, ridge, dike.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  shore1. 

bank2  (bangk),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Businessan institution for receiving, lending, exchanging, and safeguarding money and, in some cases, issuing notes and transacting other financial business.
  2. Businessthe office or quarters of such an institution.
  3. Games
    • the stock or fund of pieces from which the players draw.
    • the fund of the manager or the dealer.
  4. a special storage place:a blood bank; a sperm bank.
  5. a store or reserve.
  6. [Obs.]
    • a sum of money, esp. as a fund for use in business.
    • a moneychanger's table, counter, or shop.

  1. Businessto keep money in or have an account with a bank:Do you bank at the Village Savings Bank?
  2. Businessto exercise the functions of a bank or banker.
  3. Gamesto hold the bank.

  1. Businessto deposit in a bank:to bank one's paycheck.
  2. bank on or  upon, to count on;
    depend on:You can bank on him to hand you a reasonable bill for his services.
  • Old High German bank bench
  • Italian banca table, counter, moneychanger's table
  • Middle French banque
  • late Middle English 1425–75

bank3  (bangk),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an arrangement of objects in a line or in tiers:a bank of seats; a bank of lights.
  2. Music and Dancea row of keys on an organ.
  3. a row of elevator cars, as in a hotel or high-rise office building.
  4. a bench for rowers in a galley.
  5. a row or tier of oars.
  6. the group of rowers occupying one bench or rowing one oar.
  7. [Print.]
    • Printing(formerly) a bench on which sheets are placed as printed.
    • PrintingAlso called,[esp. Brit.,] random. the sloping work surface at the top of a compositor's workbench.
    • Printinga table or rack on which type material is stored before being made up in forms.
  8. JournalismAlso called  deck. a part of a headline containing one or more lines of type, esp. a part that appears below the main part.
  9. Electricitya number of similar devices connected to act together:a bank of transformers; a bank of resistors.

  1. to arrange in a bank:to bank the seats; to bank the lights.
  • Gmc; see bank1
  • Old French banc bench
  • Middle English bank(e) 1200–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bank /bæŋk/ n
  1. an institution offering certain financial services, such as the safekeeping of money, conversion of domestic into and from foreign currencies, lending of money at interest, and acceptance of bills of exchange
  2. the building used by such an institution
  3. a small container used at home for keeping money
  4. the funds held by a gaming house or a banker or dealer in some gambling games
  5. (in various games) the stock, as of money, pieces, tokens, etc, on which players may draw
  6. the player holding this stock
  7. any supply, store, or reserve, for future use: a data bank, a blood bank
  1. (transitive) to deposit (cash, cheques, etc) in a bank
  2. (intransitive) to transact business with a bank
  3. (intransitive) to engage in the business of banking
  4. (intransitive) to hold the bank in some gambling games

See also bank onEtymology: 15th Century: probably from Italian banca bench, moneychanger's table, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German banc bench
bank /bæŋk/ n
  1. a long raised mass, esp of earth; mound; ridge
  2. a slope, as of a hill
  3. the sloping side of any hollow in the ground, esp when bordering a river: the left bank of a river is on a spectator's left looking downstream
  4. an elevated section, rising to near the surface, of the bed of a sea, lake, or river
  5. (in combination): sandbank, mudbank
  6. the area around the mouth of the shaft of a mine
  7. the face of a body of ore
  8. the lateral inclination of an aircraft about its longitudinal axis during a turn

  9. Also called: banking, camber, cant, superelevation a bend on a road or on a railway, athletics, cycling, or other track having the outside built higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force on vehicles, runners, etc, rounding it at speed and in some cases to facilitate drainage
  10. the cushion of a billiard table
  1. when tr, often followed by up: to form into a bank or mound
  2. (transitive) to border or enclose (a road, etc) with a bank
  3. (tr,) sometimes followed by up: to cover (a fire) with ashes, fresh fuel, etc, so that it will burn slowly
  4. to cause (an aircraft) to tip laterally about its longitudinal axis or (of an aircraft) to tip in this way, esp while turning
  5. to travel round a bank, esp at high speed
  6. (transitive) to drive (a ball) into the cushion
Etymology: 12th Century: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Icelandic bakki hill, Old Danish banke, Swedish backe
bank /bæŋk/ n
  1. an arrangement of objects, esp similar objects, in a row or in tiers: a bank of dials
  2. a tier of oars in a galley
  1. (transitive) to arrange in a bank
Etymology: 17th Century: from Old French banc bench, of Germanic origin; see bank1
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