1) a long pile or heap; mass:
a bank of earth; a bank of clouds[/ex]
2) a slope or acclivity
3) geo the slope immediately bordering a stream course along which the water normally runs
4) oce a broad elevation of the sea floor around which the water is relatively shallow but not a hazard to surface navigation
5) civ rai civ
Also called cant II, 6) the inclination of the bed of a banked road or track.
6) aer. the lateral inclination of an aircraft, esp. during a turn
7) gam the cushion of a billiard table
8) to border with or like a bank; embank:
banking the flooded river with sandbags[/ex]
9) to form into a bank or heap:
to bank snow along a path[/ex]
10) civ rai to build (a road or track) with an upward slope from the inner edge to the outer edge at a curve
11) aer. to tip or incline (an airplane) laterally
12) gam (in billiards or pool)
a) to drive (a ball) to the cushion
b) to pocket (the object ball) by driving it against the bank
13) to cover (a fire) with ashes or fuel to make it burn long and slowly
14) mer to build up in or form banks, as clouds or snow
15) aer. (of an airplane) to tip or incline laterally
16) civ rai (of a road or track) to slope upward from the inner edge to the outer edge at a curve
Etymology: 1150–1200; ME banke, OE hōbanca couch, c. ON bakki elevation, hill < Gmc *bank-ōn-; cf. bank III, bench II
[[t]bæŋk[/t]] n.
1) bus an institution for receiving, lending, and safeguarding money and transacting other financial business
2) gam the stock of pieces drawn upon by players in the course of a game, as dominoes
3) gam the person or office in a gambling house that holds and distributes cash
4) a storage place:
blood bank; sperm bank[/ex]
5) a store or reserve
6) bus to keep money in or have an account with a bank
7) bus to deposit in a bank
8) phv bank on, to count on; depend on
Etymology: 1425–75; late ME < MF banque < It banca table, counter, moneychanger's table < Gmc; cf. OHG bank bench III
[[t]bæŋk[/t]] n.
1) an arrangement of objects in a line or in tiers:
a bank of lights[/ex]
2) a bench for rowers in a galley
3) spo the group of rowers occupying one bench or rowing one oar
4) elm a number of similar devices connected to act together:
a bank of transformers[/ex]
5) to arrange in a bank
Etymology: 1200–50; ME bank(e) < OF banc bench < Gmc; see bank I

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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