What does BANK mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word BANK.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bank(noun)

    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"

  2. depository financial institution, bank, banking concern, banking company(noun)

    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"

  3. bank(noun)

    a long ridge or pile

    "a huge bank of earth"

  4. bank(noun)

    an arrangement of similar objects in a row or in tiers

    "he operated a bank of switches"

  5. bank(noun)

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

  6. bank(noun)

    the funds held by a gambling house or the dealer in some gambling games

    "he tried to break the bank at Monte Carlo"

  7. bank, cant, camber(noun)

    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

  8. savings bank, coin bank, money box, bank(noun)

    a container (usually with a slot in the top) for keeping money at home

    "the coin bank was empty"

  9. bank, bank building(noun)

    a building in which the business of banking transacted

    "the bank is on the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon"

  10. bank(verb)

    a flight maneuver; aircraft tips laterally about its longitudinal axis (especially in turning)

    "the plane went into a steep bank"

  11. bank(verb)

    tip laterally

    "the pilot had to bank the aircraft"

  12. bank(verb)

    enclose with a bank

    "bank roads"

  13. bank(verb)

    do business with a bank or keep an account at a bank

    "Where do you bank in this town?"

  14. bank(verb)

    act as the banker in a game or in gambling

  15. bank(verb)

    be in the banking business

  16. deposit, bank(verb)

    put into a bank account

    "She deposits her paycheck every month"

  17. bank(verb)

    cover with ashes so to control the rate of burning

    "bank a fire"

  18. trust, swear, rely, bank(verb)

    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"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bank(noun)

    a bench; a high seat, or seat of distinction or judgment; a tribunal or court

  2. Bank(noun)

    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

  3. Bank(noun)

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

  4. Bank(noun)

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

  5. Bank(noun)

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

  6. Bank(noun)

    the face of the coal at which miners are working

  7. Bank(noun)

    a deposit of ore or coal, worked by excavations above water level

  8. Bank(noun)

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

  9. Bank(verb)

    to raise a mound or dike about; to inclose, defend, or fortify with a bank; to embank

  10. Bank(verb)

    to heap or pile up; as, to bank sand

  11. Bank(verb)

    to pass by the banks of

  12. Bank(noun)

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

  13. Bank(noun)

    the bench or seat upon which the judges sit

  14. Bank(noun)

    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

  15. Bank(noun)

    a sort of table used by printers

  16. Bank(noun)

    a bench, or row of keys belonging to a keyboard, as in an organ

  17. Bank(noun)

    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

  18. Bank(noun)

    the building or office used for banking purposes

  19. Bank(noun)

    a fund from deposits or contributions, to be used in transacting business; a joint stock or capital

  20. Bank(noun)

    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

  21. Bank(noun)

    in certain games, as dominos, a fund of pieces from which the players are allowed to draw

  22. Bank(verb)

    to deposit in a bank

  23. Bank(verb)

    to keep a bank; to carry on the business of a banker

  24. Bank(verb)

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


  1. Bank

    A bank is a financial institution and a financial intermediary that accepts deposits and channels those deposits into lending activities, either directly by loaning or indirectly through capital markets. A bank is the connection between customers that have capital deficits and customers with capital surpluses. Due to their influence within a financial system and the economy, banks are highly regulated in most countries. Most banks operate under a system known as fractional reserve banking where they hold only a small reserve of the funds deposited and lend out the rest for profit. They are generally subject to minimum capital requirements which are based on an international set of capital standards, known as the Basel Accords. Banking in its modern sense evolved in the 14th century in the rich cities of Renaissance Italy but in many ways was a continuation of ideas and concepts of credit and lending that had its roots in the ancient world. In the history of banking, a number of banking dynasties have played a central role over many centuries.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bank

    bangk, n. a mound or ridge of earth: the earthy margin of a river, lake, &c.: the raised edge of a road, railway cutting, &c.: (min.) the surface at the pit-mouth, as in banksman: rising ground in the sea.—v.t. to enclose with a bank: to deposit or pile up: to make up a fire by covering it with a heap of fuel so pressed down as to remain a long time burning slowly—banked fires.—n. Banks′man, an overseer at a pit-mouth.—From bank to bank, from the time the collier begins to descend the pit for his spell of work till he reaches the top again. [M. E. banke, of Scand. origin; cog. with Bank, Bench.]

  2. Bank

    bangk, n. a bench in a galley: a tier or rank of oars: the bench on which judges sat. [O. Fr. banc, of Teut. origin, cog. with the foregoing word.]

  3. Bank

    bangk, n. a place where money is deposited: an institution for the keeping, lending, and exchanging, &c. of money: in games of hazard, the money the proprietor, who plays against all the others, has before him.—v.t. to deposit in a bank, as money.—ns. Bank′-ā′gent, the head of a branch bank; Bank′-bill, a bill drawn by one bank upon another, payable at a future date, or on demand; Bank′-cheque, an order to pay issued upon a bank; Bank′er, one who keeps a bank: one employed in banking business:—fem. Bank′eress; Bank′-hol′iday, a day on which banks are legally closed, bills falling due on these being payable the following day; Bank′ing, the business of a banker.—adj. pertaining to a bank.—ns. Bank′-note, a note issued by a bank, which passes as money, being payable to bearer on demand; Bank′-pap′er, bank-notes in circulation; Bank′-stock, a share or shares in the capital stock of a bank; Branch′-bank, a branch office of a bank; Sav′ings-bank, one intended originally to develop a spirit of saving amongst the poor.—Bank annuities, the consolidated three per cent. annuities—British Government funds.—Bank of issue, one that issues its own notes, or promises to pay; Joint-stock bank, one of which the capital is subscribed by a large number of shareholders; Private bank, one carried on by any number of persons less than ten.—To break the bank, to win, as in faro, from the management a certain sum which has been fixed upon as the limit the bank is willing to lose on any one day; To play against the bank, to take the risks of a game against the manager who holds the bank, as at rouge-et-noir, &c. [Fr. banque, of Teut. origin, cog. with two foregoing words.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BANK' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #557

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BANK' in Written Corpus Frequency: #926

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BANK' in Nouns Frequency: #135


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BANK in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BANK in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Cryan:

    We are a universal bank.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    You can take it to the bank.

  3. John Helinski:

    Then it became Bank of America.

  4. Donald Trump:

    He didn't report his bank loans.

  5. John Cryan:

    For Deutsche Bank, little will change.

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