• (gambling) The sum of money etc. which the dealer or banker has as a fund from which to draw stakes and pay losses.
  • 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."

  • A row or panel of items stored or grouped together.

    "a bank of pay phones"

  • (hydrology) An edge of river, lake, or other watercourse.
  • A bench, as for rowers in a galley; also, a tier of oars.
  • (aviation) The incline of an aircraft, especially during a turn.
  • (archaic, printing) A kind of table used by printers.
  • (mining) The face of the coal at which miners are working.
  • An institution where one can place and borrow money and take care of financial affairs.
  • A fund from deposits or contributions, to be used in transacting business; a joint stock or capital.
  • A safe and guaranteed place of storage for and retrieval of important items or goods.

    "blood bank;"

  • A row or panel of items stored or grouped together.

    "a bank of switches"

  • (geography) A slope of earth, sand, etc.; an embankment.
  • 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 mass noun for a quantity of clouds.

    "The bank of clouds on the horizon announced the arrival of the predicted storm front."

  • (uncountable) slang for money
  • (mining) The ground at the top of a shaft.

    "Ores are brought to bank."

  • An underwriter or controller of a card game; also banque.
  • In certain games, such as dominos, a fund of pieces from which the players are allowed to draw.
  • A row of keys on a musical keyboard or the equivalent on a typewriter keyboard.
  • (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"

  • A bench or seat for judges in court.
  • (rail transport) An incline, a hill.
  • (music) A bench, or row of keys belonging to a keyboard, as in an organ.
  • (mining) A deposit of ore or coal, worked by excavations above water level.
  • A branch office of such an institution.


  • (transitive) To cause (an aircraft) to bank.
  • (transitive) To raise a mound or dike about; to enclose, defend, or fortify with a bank; to embank.
  • (intransitive, aviation) To roll or incline laterally in order to turn.
  • (transitive) To cover the embers of a fire with ashes in order to retain heat.
  • (transitive) To put into a bank.

    "I'm going to bank the money."

  • (transitive, order and arrangement) To arrange or order in a row.
  • (transitive) To form into a bank or heap, to bank up.

    "to bank sand"

  • (transitive, obsolete) To pass by the banks of.
  • (intransitive) To deal with a bank or financial institution.

    "He banked with Barclays."

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