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bank1 / bangk/ • n. 1. the land alongside or sloping down to a river or lake: willows lined the bank. 2. a slope, mass, or mound of a particular substance: a bank of clouds a bank of snow. ∎  an elevation in the seabed or a riverbed; a mudbank or sandbank. ∎  a transverse slope given to a road, railroad, or sports track to enable vehicles or runners to maintain speed around a curve. ∎  the sideways tilt of an aircraft when turning in flight. 3. a set or series of similar things, esp. electrical or electronic devices, grouped together in rows: the DJ had big banks of lights and speakers on either side of his console. 4. the cushion of a pool table: [as adj.] a bank shot. • v. [tr.] 1. heap (a substance) into a mass or mound: the rain banked the soil up behind the gate. ∎  [intr.] rise or form into a mass or mound. ∎  heap a mass or mound of a substance against (something): people were banking their houses with earth. ∎  heap (a fire) with tightly packed fuel so that it burns slowly: she could have made a fire and banked it with dirt. 2. (of an aircraft or vehicle) tilt or cause to tilt sideways in making a turn: [intr.] the plane banked as if to return to the airport [tr.] I banked the aircraft steeply and turned. ∎  [intr.] build (a road, railroad, or sports track) higher at the outer edge of a bend to facilitate fast cornering. 3. (in pool and other games) play (a ball) so that it rebounds off a surface such as a backboard or cushion. bank2 • n. a financial establishment that invests money deposited by customers, pays it out when required, makes loans at interest, and exchanges currency: I paid the money straight into my bank. ∎  a stock of something available for use when required: a blood bank building a bank of test items is the responsibility of teachers. ∎  a place where something may be safely kept: the computer's memory bank. ∎  (the bank) the store of money or tokens held by the banker in some gambling or board games. ∎  the person holding this store; the banker. • v. [tr.] deposit (money or valuables) in a bank: I banked the check. ∎  [intr.] have an account at a particular bank: he did not bank with the old family banks. ∎ inf. (esp. of a competitor in a game or race) win or earn (a sum of money): he banked $100,000 for a hole-in-one. ∎  store (something, esp. blood, tissue, or sperm) for future use: the sperm is banked or held in storage for the following spring. PHRASES: break the bank (in gambling) win more money than is held by the bank. ∎  inf. cost more than one can afford: Christmas need not break the bank. PHRASAL VERBS: bank on base one's hopes or confidence on: they can bank on my winning 25 games next year.

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a mound, pile, or ridge; a group or series of objects; an amount or stock of money; a batch of paper money. See also balk, bar, heap, mass.

Examples: bank of ants; of books, 1577; of clouds, 1626; of electric lights; of fog, 1848; of hill ants, 1747; of judges [a full court in which the judges are in bank]; of mist, 1840; of money, 1878; of mussels, 1861; of oars, 1884; of organ keys, 1884; of oysters, 1861; of rememberances, 1576; of sand; of snow; of swans [on the ground].

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bank3 †money-changer's table XV; establishment for the custody of money XVII. — F. banque or its source It. banca — Gmc. *baṇk- (see prec.).
So banker †money-changer, usurer XVI; proprietor of a bank XVII. — F. banquier (see -ER2).

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bank2 †bench XIII; tier of oars XVII; row of keys etc. XIX. — (O)F, banc bench, f. Gmc. *baṇk- (see BENCH).

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bank1 raised ridge XII; bordering slope XIV. — ON. *banki (OIcel. bakki) :- Gmc. *baṇkan-, rel. to BENCH.

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bankankh, bank, blank, clank, crank, dank, drank, embank, flank, franc, frank, hank, lank, outflank, outrank, Planck, plank, point-blank, prank, rank, sank, shank, shrank, spank, stank, swank, tank, thank, wank, yank •sandbank • piggy bank • mountebank •fog bank • mudbank • Bundesbank •databank • riverbank • Burbank •greenshank • sheepshank •scrimshank • Cruikshank •think tank • Franck • Eysenck •bethink, blink, brink, chink, cinque, clink, dink, drink, fink, Frink, gink, ink, interlink, jink, kink, link, mink, pink, plink, prink, rink, shrink, sink, skink, slink, stink, sync, think, wink, zinc •rinky-dink • Humperdinck • iceblink •cufflink • bobolink • Maeterlinck •lip-sync • countersink • doublethink •kiddiewink •tiddlywink (US tiddledywink) •hoodwink

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