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a bank debt (=one that you owe to a bank)
▪ The company closed with bank debts of about £350 million.
a bank loan (=money lent by a bank)
▪ What is the interest you will pay on a bank loan?
a bank of fog (also a fog bank) (= a large mass of fog)
▪ As we approached the coast, we ran into a dense bank of fog.
a bank/cheque cardBritish English (= one that you must show when you write a cheque)
▪ Always keep your cheque book and cheque card separately.
a bank/mass of cloud (=a large block of cloud)
▪ A heavy bank of cloud was creeping across the sky.
a commercial bank (=one that accepts people’s money, provides loans etc)
▪ Several large commercial banks cut their lending rates.
a data base/data bank (=a large amount of data stored in a computer system)
▪ We can compare insurance prices from different companies on the database.
a steep bank
▪ He scrambled down the steep bank.
bank account
▪ I’d like to open a bank account.
bank balance
bank card
bank charges (=fees charged by a bank for some services)
▪ You will have to pay bank charges if your account is overdrawn.
bank draft
bank holiday weekend (=a weekend on which there is a bank holiday on Friday or Monday)
bank holiday
▪ Next Monday is a bank holiday.
bank manager
bank rate
bank robberies
▪ Police are investigating a series of bank robberies in South Wales.
bank statement
bank/sales/project etc manager
▪ She’s now assistant marketing manager for the south east area.
▪ one of our regional managers
blood bank
bottle bank
central bank
clearing bank
data bank
electronic banking
food bank
high street banks/shops/stores etc
Internet banking
Internet shopping/banking
▪ The new regulations will increase customer confidence in Internet shopping.
▪ Internet banking saves customers a lot of time.
investment bank
memory bank
merchant bank
online banking
open a bank account
▪ I’d like to open a bank account.
savings bank
sperm bank
telephone banking
the banks of a river (=the land near a river)
▪ He bought a house on the banks of the River Wye.
the economic/banking system
▪ There are fears that the whole banking system could collapse.
the financial/banking sector (=the part of the economy to do with money and finance)
▪ The UK financial sector is looking healthier than ever.
the river bank
▪ Crowds lined the river banks to watch the boat race.
▪ But while it happens, the big banks will be taking the strain of the smaller ones.
▪ The big bank holding company said the thrift, based in Las Vegas, has $ 1. 8 billion in assets.
▪ Here they all were - business, commerce, the big banks.
▪ We saw the big white bird bank over the town, and then land at the new military airfield.
▪ While big and small banks are both pushing up rates, they are doing so for different reasons.
▪ For the 11 big money-centre banks whose statistics Salomon Brothers records, return on assets fell in 1990 to about 0.3%.
▪ London has traditionally preferred a free-wheeling culture with minimal bossing by government, big banks or regulators.
▪ The most effective proven mechanism to achieve price stability is an independent central bank dedicated to that objective.
▪ Requiring a central bank to support a flagging currency will remain a bad idea after the union is formed, Tietmeyer said.
▪ Readers should ascertain how their own central bank defines money supply.
▪ Generally, politicians believe that central bank officials are too stingy with the money supply and too concerned about inflation.
▪ Government intervention, usually involving the direct buying or selling of domestic and foreign currencies by central banks.
▪ The central bank is scheduled to release the figure this week.
▪ Just how closely a central bank works with the government will vary from country to country.
▪ The setting up of an Assets Management Corporation to consolidate bad debts transferred from commercial banks would only prop up the rich.
▪ Nearly all large commercial banks now offer highly sophisticated cash management systems for their commercial accounts.
▪ Thanks to the new rules, commercial banks will soon be able to compete with the merchant banks on the same terms.
▪ Even small firms that bank with small commercial banks can use such systems through established arrangements among the banks.
▪ In modern times, commercial banks are still able to create money, but only in the form of bank deposits.
▪ Cicero Bank is a New Yorkchartered commercial bank with total assets of $ 26 million and total deposits of $ 21 million.
▪ Moreover commercial banks today mainly lend to well-heeled borrowers in their own countries.
▪ The three main sources of short-term financing are trade credit, short-term commercial bank loans, and commercial paper.
▪ The reader should ascertain the degree of foreign bank involvement in his own country.
▪ Whether the foreign banks were more user-friendly than we, I do not know.
▪ The import element of such schemes can be financed by foreign currency bank loans.
▪ What services are performed by foreign banks in London? 7.
▪ In 1990 the exchange had 59 members, including 13 foreign banks.
▪ Its membership embraces foreign banks and investment houses.
▪ He cites a very senior management accounting role in a large international bank, requiring exceptional management accounting experience.
▪ He found places where the waves bounced off the boundary and then returned to the surface near a large bank of seismographs.
▪ Danske Bank became the largest bank in the Nordic region, with Unibank slightly smaller in terms of overall capital assets.
▪ Successful though holidays may be they would not take place without a large bank balance.
▪ He has organised a meeting between the regional directors of the major clearing banks and the Federation's North-East members.
▪ Shares of banks with operations in northern Florida rose after several major banks reported strong fourth-quarter profits.
▪ Your family now control Duncan Pharsee Schiller, one of the city's major merchant banks.
▪ Earnings at some major regional banks suffered from higher-than-expected provisions for problem loans.
▪ Lesser banks will expect to pay slightly more for funds than the major retail banks.
▪ The average of interbank offered rates for dollar deposits in the London market based on quotations at five major banks.
▪ Give a brief account of the main services provided by major banks. 8.
▪ To try to alleviate that, the United Kibbutz Movement began negotiating with the major banks to reduce the debt.
▪ Who is to say what part of the loving relationship was generated by the bank account?
▪ Growing familiarity with technology to access bank accounts and to handle financial affairs is boosting interest.
▪ Hidden charges on bank accounts are not helpful to anyone trying to see what is happening to their money.
▪ His campaign bank account is full.
▪ She also wanted to retain her own surname, separate bank accounts and tax returns.
▪ We've got a joint bank account, but I don't use it.
▪ So far $ 200m has been found in foreign bank accounts.
▪ Is it simply a transfer from the customer's bank account to building society account of money that was lying idle?
▪ Your bank balance might be given a pleasant surprise.
▪ Until Helen discovered what appeared to be a mistake in their bank balance, that is.
▪ The clever ones soon discovered that while banknotes could be seized a bank balance could not.
▪ Certain things, such as electric charge, bank balances, or dates are quantified by numbers of this kind.
▪ It's the psychological equivalent of having a flashy red sports car plus the bank balance and looks to match.
▪ The bank balance assured him of continued calm.
▪ He had a bank balance that a senior merchant banker would not be ashamed of.
▪ Citicorp first installed ATMs to serve customers with low bank balances.
▪ He has organised a meeting between the regional directors of the major clearing banks and the Federation's North-East members.
▪ This would then stimulate other institutions to change their rates too, in order for them to remain competitive with the clearing banks.
▪ There is nothing to stop you doing most of your business with your main clearing bank if the rates are competitive.
▪ We believe we have more experience in helping franchisees and franchisors than any other clearing bank.
▪ These factors, he argues, created a situation where many clearing banks were well placed to expand.
▪ According to analysts at Lehman Brothers, the nine main clearing banks combined have averaged annual ROEs of less than 7% since 1988.
▪ In particular, the clearing banks ceased to tie their deposit and lending rates to it.
▪ The clearing banks were ideally placed.
▪ Customers of other banks will have more securities, fewer bank deposits and their banks will have fewer operational balances.
▪ Singh said the defendants used phony checks prepared by Young to make bank deposits, pay debts and make purchases.
▪ Building society and bank deposit investors could hardly say the same.
▪ Lower interest rates also make the rate of return on bonds more attractive than bank deposits and new bond issues.
▪ But these bank deposits are being held as a form of instant security against sudden withdrawals.
▪ Lower rates hurt a currency by making bank deposits denominated in it less attractive.
▪ The seller has given up goods in exchange for an increase in his bank deposit.
▪ Available on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, the concession is available on most InterCity trains in and out of London.
▪ Even 50 different speed limits, bank holidays, fireworks laws are defensible.
▪ A business day means any weekday other than Christmas Day, Good Friday or any bank holiday.
▪ For example, Monday clinics are prone to develop a backlog owing to bank holidays and statutory holidays.
▪ The museum is open every day except winter bank holidays - afternoons only during weekends.
▪ The rest of the bank holiday weekend passed slowly.
▪ But that remains an annual event, with the sixth one coming up this August bank holiday.
▪ Tea allowances, bank holiday allowances, large town allowances are all being threatened by management.
▪ But this year nine of the top investment banks have been plotting ways to beat the tax increases.
▪ There was something fishy about the way supply met demand in an investment bank.
▪ The first is deciding what kind of investment bank it ought to be.
▪ The investment bank is unlikely to be able to squeeze monopoly rent from a relationship.
▪ Anne Heche plays Alex, a beautiful woman who works in a disreputable investment bank.
▪ Drexel's collapse is especially painful for those junk-bond issuers which had counted on the investment bank to restructure their debt.
▪ Palm-greasing for just about anything from entry to a favoured school to obtaining a bank loan has been considered a fact of life.
▪ They could move, but that would mean taking out a bank loan.
▪ Men tend to use bank credit cards, bank loans or overdrafts more than women do.
▪ The two couples then applied for a bank loan to help finance construction of a six-bedroom oceanfront mansion.
▪ The last-mentioned might involve share issues or further bank loans.
▪ And those with bank accounts are more likely than others - though not exclusively - to get bank loans.
▪ Although bank loans are a vitally important source of finance, this is not to the complete exclusion of equity issues.
▪ But clearly very many more potential users think that bank loans would be difficult.
▪ It throws into doubt the claim that the call was intercepted by a retired bank manager in Oxfordshire.Ian Maclaren reports.
▪ At every turn they are faced by the bank manager and bankruptcy.
▪ Hence the meeting with her bank manager earlier this afternoon!
▪ Any sensitive bank manager must have the same feeling.
▪ Does anyone else have this problem with their bank manager?
▪ The Department certainly gave Tom McCormack a send off he won't forget - and neither will his bank manager!!
▪ He has a co-operative bank manager and managed to buy second hand machinery.
▪ The profits grew and the bank manager began to smile at Carrie whenever she paid in the weekly takings.
▪ We boiled your memory banks down into two categories - the rest we threw away, sorry to say.
▪ They functioned as the living and growing memory banks for the entire corporation.
▪ In a matter of seconds, his fingerprints had been photographed and checked by computer against the central memory banks.
▪ The three memory banks represent the red, green and blue components of the image seen on the television monitor.
▪ Eight bit-planes per memory bank allows 256 levels of the associated primary colour to be represented.
▪ Earlier than that still, and his memory banks were empty.
▪ The digital images held in the memory banks are converted to television signals which are displayed on the monitor.
▪ What implants a salad in the memory banks is the salad dressing.
▪ Five months ago, 32-year-old Richard Simpson was a corporate financier with merchant bank Morgan Grenfell.
▪ Others are employed in merchant banks advising pension funds.
▪ Former business analyst at a merchant bank.
▪ The merchant bank Morgan Grenfell slipped 7p to 399p and Burmah, the oil group, 9p to 637p.
▪ Guinness Mahon, the merchant bank, rose 1.5p to 147p.
▪ Some accountants have attacked the merchant banks for their inflated self-image and snobbery.
▪ The Founders had to agree everything to do with the paper, including the appointment of the sponsoring merchant bank.
▪ If you can't get the money, you fake the bank note.
▪ I took a;, bank note from my pocket and paid the waitress.
▪ This financial surplus will be in the form of increased holdings of bank notes, bank deposits and shares, etc.
▪ He would hand her a sheaf of uncounted bank notes, which she received without a word of thanks.
▪ Then there's at least two huge halls full of nothing but bank notes.
▪ Inconvertibility is generally regarded as the final stage in the development of the bank note or paper money.
▪ Limit for cash or bank notes £250.
▪ Inside were a couple of building-society account books and a few bank notes.
▪ One hot day I remember leaving guns and clothes along the river bank and swimming without a stitch on.
▪ The move follows reports that a new mechanised suction dredge is breaking up river banks, blocking rivers and killing fish.
▪ For example, mink have been radio-tracked along river banks inside major cities.
▪ It will include development of canal and river banks and extensive landscaping.
▪ Others die from collisions with vessels travelling up and down the river, and from explosions carried out during river bank construction.
▪ The path from Billy's cottage wound down towards the river bank.
▪ I returned to my men and told them to unload under some fig trees on the steep river bank.
▪ The river banks were frequently lined with curious onlookers who struggle to eke out an existence in this harsh environment.
▪ One major bank robbery had just come to trial.
▪ In 1979, President Carter commuted her seven-year sentence for bank robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
▪ He lent the group's activists a flat, and laundered the proceeds of their bank robberies.
▪ Stedeford, 27, was convicted in November of a bank robbery charge in Iowa and will be sentenced next month.
▪ Three people have been arrested after Britain's first alleged attempted online bank robbery was thwarted.
▪ Since then, both men have been sentenced to long prison terms for attempted bank robbery in Los Angeles.
▪ The jury earlier acquitted the three of two bank robberies in London, in which the families of managers were also terrorised.
▪ Williams had received the George Medal for saving three young children who were taken hostage during a bank robbery.
▪ She ran a sticky finger down the monthly balance-sheet, then checked the figures against the handwritten bank statement.
▪ Two weeks ago, Leavey glanced at the bank statements NationsBank was sending to Dena.
▪ After the couple's death police discovered bank statements which showed they paid the builders £23,000 for it.
▪ On your bank statement, it will show up as $ 47, 395.
▪ And don't forget: keep a record of your order, so you can balance it against your bank statement.
▪ Sands opened the bank statement first.
▪ Tax inspectors should be empowered to examine a man's bank statement as well as his credit-card dealings.
▪ However bank statements and a mortgage statement will be required.
▪ But the new decade also promises to revolutionise high street bank branches yet again.
▪ Cashed his cheque at the High Street bank.
▪ Career development loans are also available from high street banks.
▪ Even the lower rate makes the offerings from other high street banks look miserly.
▪ Representatives from the world of high finance included chartered accountants and members of the major high street banks.
▪ Many new lenders have entered the fray - High Street banks, foreign banks, specialist lenders and insurance companies.
▪ The Midland's financial weakness became a source of worry to the other high street banks.
▪ Middleton had denied breaking into the bank on 6 December last year while acting with others, with intent to steal.
▪ Should Johnson return to the Dolphins, he will break the bank.
▪ Shakespeare market a very good one through tackle dealers at a price that will not break the bank.
▪ Don't worry about breaking the bank either.
▪ The move follows reports that a new mechanised suction dredge is breaking up river banks, blocking rivers and killing fish.
▪ Last year, Courtney broke the bank with seven out of eight predictions panning out.
▪ I had no choice under the circumstances, and the fees won't exactly break the bank.
▪ I would like to gather everyone somewhere warm and appealing to all ages and not break the bank in doing so.
▪ Most beginners apply the opposite rudder too harshly and this makes it difficult to hold the bank constant.
▪ I thought of the Saturday afternoon outings when we had held bonfires on the banks and the kids had gone skating.
▪ Market loans reduce the volume of idle cash held by banks.
▪ The trio play bored pensioners who decide to hold up a bank.&038;.
▪ They attend different churches and are said to hold separate bank accounts.
▪ The central bank is most concerned to limit inflation because inflation depreciates the value of the assets held by the commercial banks.
▪ It found that 42 accounts held at 23 banks in Britain had a turnover of £870m between 1996 and 2000.
▪ Your pension can then normally be paid into a bank in the United Kingdom or to some one else authorised by you.
▪ Congress also has shifted from direct loans to loan guarantees: promises to pay back private bank loans if the borrowers default.
▪ Will the profits of the business be enough to pay back bank borrowing?
▪ August paid off the bank, then never set foot in New Albion or Lake Wobegon again.
▪ The client director had to pay the bank £10,000.
▪ But he paid for phone banks, mailings, transportation and registration fees for his straw poll supporters.
▪ Most major banks have fraud departments to deal with the problem ... but its the customer who ends up paying.
▪ The miners then sell the gold at prevailing rates, and use the future output to pay back the central banks.
a run on the bank
be laughing all the way to the bank
break the bank
▪ At under £14,500 it won't break the bank either.
▪ Attractive bathrooms need not break the bank.
▪ Don't worry about breaking the bank either.
▪ I had no choice under the circumstances, and the fees won't exactly break the bank.
▪ I would like to gather everyone somewhere warm and appealing to all ages and not break the bank in doing so.
▪ Last year, Courtney broke the bank with seven out of eight predictions panning out.
▪ Shakespeare market a very good one through tackle dealers at a price that will not break the bank.
▪ Should Johnson return to the Dolphins, he will break the bank.
burst its banks
▪ Denied its usual egress, the river had burst its banks and was pouring down the fire-ravaged streets.
▪ Residents were evacuated from the town as the waters rose and the Ouse threatened to burst its banks.
▪ The River Deben had burst its banks and people's homes were getting flooded.
▪ The River Frome had burst its banks after torrential rain and the Rovers' ground was absolutely waterlogged.
offshore banks/companies/investments etc
▪ A review of offshore banks was also started and was expected to lead to several banks losing their licences to operate.
▪ All plans are offered with guaranteed clean title in offshore companies.
▪ For a good ways more, Collymore sailed onward to the offshore banks and then anchored.
▪ The table below shows the best deals currently available from offshore banks and building societies.
the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo
▪ Boy, you must have all kinds of bank after payday, huh?
▪ Fans who couldn't get into the stadium watched the match on banks of TV monitors outside.
▪ He was drunk and drove into a snow bank.
▪ I'll stop at the bank on the way home.
▪ Portland is a sprawling city on the banks of the Willamette River.
▪ The bill would force banks to lower credit card interest rates.
▪ the grassy banks of the river
▪ The scientists sit behind banks of computers, giving instructions to the crew of the spaceship.
▪ The sun was setting behind the opposite bank.
▪ They were building a new theatre on the south bank of the Thames.
▪ A minority-owned bank had agreed to the arrangements and several nonprofit housing sponsors were lined up to participate in the program.
▪ Four big banks cut their prime lending rate by half a point to 9.5%.
▪ One hour and 12K later I had deposited a couple of pounds into my bank account.
▪ Parks and playgrounds that are perfect for picnicking include the Esplanade, which runs along the banks of the Charles River.
▪ The bank reported fourth-quarter results that were in line with estimates, even though net income rose only 1 percent.
▪ The banks, in turn, claimed that their hands were tied by federal regulators who discouraged them from lending.
▪ The money supply is unchanged and banks still have the original deposit.
▪ The pre-tax figure was above City expectations and gave evidence that the bank is finally coming to grips with its bad-debt problem.
▪ There was heavy buying in major blue-chip stocks, including pharmaceuticals and banking issues.
▪ Next month the Halifax launches its new online and telephone bank Intelligent Finance.
▪ Cahoot's new interest range outstrips its online banking rival, Intelligent Finance, the Halifax's Internet bank.
▪ Overnight, state banks drastically raised interest rates, and people flocked to deposit their hoarded cash.
▪ It was this provision the Salt River tribe was banking on to force Symington to finally sign a compact with the tribe.
a run on the bank
banking/drug/health etc czar
▪ Barry R.. McCaffrey, White House drug czar.
▪ Our drug czar watches in impotence as shooting wars between drug gangs erupt in city after city.
▪ Similarly, when Dole asserts that Clinton reduced the office of drug czar by 83 percent, he is on solid ground.
▪ Standouts include Douglas's anti-drugs czar whose daughter is a crackhead.
▪ When drug traffic escalates, they appoint a national drug czar.
offshore banks/companies/investments etc
▪ A review of offshore banks was also started and was expected to lead to several banks losing their licences to operate.
▪ All plans are offered with guaranteed clean title in offshore companies.
▪ For a good ways more, Collymore sailed onward to the offshore banks and then anchored.
▪ The table below shows the best deals currently available from offshore banks and building societies.
the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo
Bank the hot coals on a grill.
▪ Dozens of candles were banked before the altar.
▪ She's managed to bank more than $300,000.
▪ The bobsled run has banked curves about a mile long.
▪ The enemy fighter banked left, then right.
The Collaborative International Dictionary


Banc \Banc\, ||Bancus \Ban"cus\, Bank \Bank\, n. [OF. banc, LL. bancus. See Bank, n.] A bench; a high seat, or seat of distinction or judgment; a tribunal or court.

In banc, In banco (the ablative of bancus), In bank, in full court, or with full judicial authority; as, sittings in banc (distinguished from sittings at nisi prius). [1913 Webster] ||


Bank \Bank\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Banked(b[a^][ng]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Banking.]

  1. To raise a mound or dike about; to inclose, defend, or fortify with a bank; to embank. ``Banked well with earth.''

  2. To heap or pile up; as, to bank sand.

  3. To pass by the banks of. [Obs.]

  4. (Engineering) To build (a roadway or railroad) with an inclination at a curve in the road, so as to counteract centrifugal forces acting on vehicles moving rapiudly around the curve, thus reducing the danger of vehicles overturning at a curve; as, the raceway was steeply banked at the curves.

    To bank a fire, To bank up a fire, to cover the coals or embers with ashes or cinders, thus keeping the fire low but alive.


Bank \Bank\ (b[a^][ng]k), n. [OE. banke; akin to E. bench, and prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. bakki. See Bench.]

  1. 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.

    They cast up a bank against the city.
    --2 Sam. xx. 15.

  2. A steep acclivity, as the slope of a hill, or the side of a ravine.

  3. The margin of a watercourse; the rising ground bordering a lake, river, or sea, or forming the edge of a cutting, or other hollow.

    Tiber trembled underneath her banks.

  4. An elevation, or rising ground, under the sea; a shoal, shelf, or shallow; as, the banks of Newfoundland.

  5. (Mining)

    1. The face of the coal at which miners are working.

    2. A deposit of ore or coal, worked by excavations above water level.

    3. The ground at the top of a shaft; as, ores are brought to bank.

  6. (A["e]ronautics) The lateral inclination of an a["e]roplane as it rounds a curve; as, a bank of 45[deg] is easy; a bank of 90[deg] is dangerous.

  7. A group or series of objects arranged near together; as, a bank of electric lamps, etc.

  8. The tilt of a roadway or railroad, at a curve in the road, designed to counteract centrifugal forces acting on vehicles moving rapiudly around the curve, thus reducing the danger of overturning during a turn.

    Bank beaver (Zo["o]l.), the otter. [Local, U.S.]

    Bank swallow, a small American and European swallow ( Clivicola riparia) that nests in a hole which it excavates in a bank.


Bank \Bank\, v. i. (A["e]ronautics) To tilt sidewise in rounding a curve; -- said of a flying machine, an a["e]rocurve, or the like.


Bank \Bank\, n. [Prob. fr. F. banc. Of German origin, and akin to E. bench. See Bench.]

  1. A bench, as for rowers in a galley; also, a tier of oars.

    Placed on their banks, the lusty Trojan sweep Neptune's smooth face, and cleave the yielding deep.

  2. (Law)

    1. The bench or seat upon which the judges sit.

    2. 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.

  3. (Printing) A sort of table used by printers.

  4. (Music) A bench, or row of keys belonging to a keyboard, as in an organ.


Bank \Bank\, n. [F. banque, It. banca, orig. bench, table, counter, of German origin, and akin to E. bench; cf. G. bank bench, OHG. banch. See Bench, and cf. Banco, Beach.]

  1. 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.

  2. The building or office used for banking purposes.

  3. A fund to be used in transacting business, especially a joint stock or capital.

    Let it be no bank or common stock, but every man be master of his own money.

  4. (Gaming) 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.

  5. In certain games, as dominos, a fund of pieces from which the players are allowed to draw; in Monopoly, the fund of money used to pay bonuses due to the players, or to which they pay fines.

  6. a place where something is stored and held available for future use; specifically, an organization that stores biological products for medical needs; as, a blood bank, an organ bank, a sperm bank.

    Bank credit, a credit by which a person who has given the required security to a bank has liberty to draw to a certain extent agreed upon.

    Bank of deposit, a bank which receives money for safe keeping.

    Bank of issue, a bank which issues its own notes payable to bearer.


Bank \Bank\, v. t. To deposit in a bank.


Bank \Bank\, v. i.

  1. To keep a bank; to carry on the business of a banker.

  2. To deposit money in a bank; to have an account with a banker.


Bank (disambiguation)

A bank is a financial institution and a financial intermediary that accepts deposits and channels those deposits into lending activities.

Bank or banking may also refer to:

BANK (art collective)

BANK was an artists' group active in London during the 1990s.


Bánk is a village and municipality in the comitat of Nógrád, Hungary.

Bank (card game)

Bank, also known also as "Polish Bank" or "Russian Bank," is a comparing card game. The game requires a standard 52-card deck and five or six players.

Bank (surname)

Bank is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Christian Bank, Danish footballer
  • David Bank, American dermatologist
  • Frank Bank (1942–2013), American actor
  • István Bank (born 1984), Hungarian footballer
  • Jan Bank (born 1940), Dutch historian
  • Jesper Bank (born 1957), Danish sailor
  • Lawrence C. Bank, American engineer
  • Linda Bank (born 1986), Dutch swimmer
  • Melissa Bank (born 1961), American writer
  • Ondřej Bank (born 1980), Czech alpine skier

Bank (geography)

In geography, the word bank generally refers to the land alongside a body of water. Different structures are referred to as banks in different fields of geography, as follows.

In limnology (the study of inland waters), a stream bank or river bank is the terrain alongside the bed of a river, creek, or stream. The bank consists of the sides of the channel, between which the flow is confined. Stream banks are of particular interest in fluvial geography, which studies the processes associated with rivers and streams and the deposits and landforms created by them. The descriptive terms left bank and right bank are relative to an observer looking downstream, in which the right bank is to the observer's right; a famous example of this is the naming of the two sides of the river Seine in Paris. The shoreline of ponds, swamps, estuarys, reservoirs, or lakes are also of interest in limnology, and are sometimes referred to as banks. The grade of all these banks or shorelines can vary from vertical to a shallow slope.

In freshwater ecology, banks are of interest as the location of riparian habitats. Riparian zones occur along upland and lowland river and stream beds. The ecology around and depending on a marsh, swamp, slough, or estuary, sometimes called a bank, is likewise studied in freshwater ecology.

Banks are also of interest in navigation, where the term can refer either to a barrier island or a submerged plateau. A barrier island is a long narrow island composed of sand and forming a barrier between an island lagoon or sound and the ocean. A submerged plateau is a relatively flat topped elevation of the sea floor at shallow depth (generally less than 200m), typically on the continental shelf or near an island.



Etymology 1 n. An institution where one can place and borrow money and take care of financial affairs. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To deal with a bank or financial institution. 2 (context transitive English) To put into a bank. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context hydrology English) An edge of river, lake, or other watercourse. 2 (context nautical hydrology English) 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). 3 (context geography English) A slope of earth, sand, etc.; an embankment. 4 (context aviation English) The incline of an aircraft, especially during a turn. 5 (context rail transport English) An incline, a hill. 6 A mass noun for a quantity of clouds. 7 (context mining English) The face of the coal at which miners are working. 8 (context mining English) A deposit of ore or coal, worked by excavations above water level. 9 (context mining English) The ground at the top of a shaft. vb. 1 (context intransitive aviation English) To roll or incline laterally in order to turn. 2 (context transitive English) To cause (an aircraft) to '''bank'''. 3 (context transitive English) To form into a bank or heap, to bank up. 4 (context transitive English) To cover the embers of a fire with ashes in order to retain heat. 5 (context transitive English) To raise a mound or dike about; to enclose, defend, or fortify with a bank; to embank. 6 (context transitive obsolete English) To pass by the banks of. Etymology 3

n. A row or panel of items stored or grouped together. vb. (context transitive order and arrangement English) To arrange or order in a row. Etymology 4

n. 1 A bench, as for rowers in a galley; also, a tier of oars. 2 A bench or seat for judges in court. 3 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 (term banc English). 4 (context archaic printing English) A kind of table used by printers. 5 (context music English) A bench, or row of keys belonging to a keyboard, as in an organ. 6 (context uncountable English) ''slang'' for money



  1. v. 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 deposites her paycheck every month" [syn: deposit] [ant: withdraw]

  7. cover with ashes so to control the rate of burning; "bank a fire"

  8. have confidence or faith in; "We can trust in God"; "Rely on your friends"; "bank on your good education"; "I swear by my grandmother's recipes" [syn: trust, swear, rely] [ant: distrust, distrust]


  1. n. a financial institution that accepts deposits and channels the money into lending activities; "he cashed a check at the bank"; "that bank holds the mortgage on my home" [syn: depository financial institution, banking concern, banking company]

  2. 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"

  3. a supply or stock held in reserve for future use (especially in emergencies)

  4. a building in which commercial banking is transacted; "the bank is on the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon" [syn: bank building]

  5. an arrangement of similar objects in a row or in tiers; "he operated a bank of switches"

  6. a container (usually with a slot in the top) for keeping money at home; "the coin bank was empty" [syn: savings bank, coin bank, money box]

  7. a long ridge or pile; "a huge bank of earth"

  8. the funds held by a gambling house or the dealer in some gambling games; "he tried to break the bank at Monte Carlo"

  9. 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 [syn: cant, camber]

  10. a flight maneuver; aircraft tips laterally about its longitudinal axis (especially in turning); "the plane went into a steep bank"

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


"financial institution," late 15c., from either Old Italian banca or Middle French banque (itself from the Italian word), both meaning "table" (the notion is of the moneylender's exchange table), from a Germanic source (compare Old High German bank "bench"); see bank (n.2).\n

\nBank holiday is from 1871, though the tradition is as old as the Bank of England. To cry all the way to the bank was coined 1956 by flamboyant pianist Liberace, after a Madison Square Garden concert that was packed with patrons but panned by critics.


"earthen incline, edge of a river," c.1200, probably in Old English but not attested in surviving documents, from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse banki, Old Danish banke "sandbank," from Proto-Germanic *bangkon "slope," cognate with *bankiz "shelf" (see bench (n.)).


"to act as a banker," 1727, from bank (n.1). As "to deposit in a bank" from 1833. Figurative sense of "to rely on" (i.e. "to put money on") is from 1884, U.S. colloquial. Meaning "to ascend," as of an incline, is from 1892. In aeronautics, from 191

  1. Related: Banked; banking.


Usage examples of "bank".

Give me the Saltings of Essex with the east winds blowing over them, and the primroses abloom upon the bank, and the lanes fetlock deep in mud, and for your share you may take all the scented gardens of Sinan and the cups and jewels of his ladies, with the fightings and adventures of the golden East thrown in.

He watched it, then dropped another daisy into the water, and after that another, and sat watching them with bright, absolved eyes, crouching near on the bank.

This illustration is not intended to apply to the older bridges with widely distended masses, which render each pier sufficient to abut the arches springing from it, but tend, in providing for a way over the river, to choke up the way by the river itself, or to compel the river either to throw down the structure or else to destroy its own banks.

Behind that door was evidently the place of moneyed secrets and decisions, and Guil told himself that Aby had been right and this banking thing evidently did work.

The efforts of the Cortes were chiefly directed to the averting of the catastrophe of a national bankruptcy, which was effected by the acceptation of a loan, conjointly tendered by the Mercantile Association, and the Lisbon bank.

But even if the market falls and some of the acceptors break, the banks will have to pay up.

That role gave him access to the transfer procedures, including how bank officials arranged for a transfer to be sent.

Then, blundering about and bellowing like a wounded rhino, he staggered out front and shoveled a big sluiceway in the recently patched ditch bank, allowing almost the entire acequia flow to cascade into his already soggy front vega.

His formidable host, when it was drawn out in order of battle, covered the banks of the river, the adjacent heights, and the whole extent of a plain of above twelve miles, which separated the two armies.

I had been advanced to the rank of tribune in the Second Legion Adjutrix, and passed some months of a rainy autumn on the banks of the Upper Danube with no other companion than a newly published volume of Plutarch.

Lord Ado has seen my bank balance, thanks to your dear friend and servant, Len.

My mother bought a brick cottage in Pulteney street and a Burra share with her legacy--both excellent investments--and my brother left the bank and went into the aerated water business with James Hamilton Parr.

Above the fog banks a wrack of cloud had gathered, the aerophane was coated with a glittering mist.

The track to Agios Georgios wound its way between high banks of maquis, the scented maquis of Greece.

The white-on-blue Villerville-sur-Mer sign, the first dozen houses, the Credit Agricole bank had all flashed past when I saw the slip-road open in front of me.