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Definition of Bank

Bank

  1. A bench; a high seat, or seat of distinction or judgment; a tribunal or court.
  2. 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. A steep acclivity, as the slope of a hill, or the side of a ravine.
  4. 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. An elevation, or rising ground, under the sea; a shoal, shelf, or shallow; as, the banks of Newfoundland.
  6. The face of the coal at which miners are working.
  7. A deposit of ore or coal, worked by excavations above water level.
  8. The ground at the top of a shaft; as, ores are brought to bank.
  9. To raise a mound or dike about; to inclose, defend, or fortify with a bank; to embank.
  10. To heap or pile up; as, to bank sand.
  11. To pass by the banks of.
  12. A bench, as for rowers in a galley; also, a tier of oars.
  13. The bench or seat upon which the judges sit.
  14. 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. A sort of table used by printers.
  16. A bench, or row of keys belonging to a keyboard, as in an organ.
  17. 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. The building or office used for banking purposes.
  19. A fund from deposits or contributions, to be used in transacting business; a joint stock or capital.
  20. 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. In certain games, as dominos, a fund of pieces from which the players are allowed to draw.
  22. To deposit in a bank.
  23. To keep a bank; to carry on the business of a banker.
  24. To deposit money in a bank; to have an account with a banker.
  25. A group or series of objects arranged near together; as, a bank of electric lamps, etc.
  26. The lateral inclination of an aeroplane as it rounds a curve; as, a bank of 45 degrees is easy; a bank of 90 degrees is dangerous.
  27. To tilt sidewise in rounding a curve; -- said of a flying machine, an aerocurve, or the like.

Bank Quotations

The worst thing you can do is try to manipulate or control perceptions. It's impossible, and when you are found out the result is disastrous. Better to be transparent and play well with others so that when bad things happen you have a reservoir of good will to bank on.
John Gerzema

Some ISPs are blocking all BitTorrent traffic, because BitTorrent can be used to share files in a piratical way. Hollywood lobbying groups are trying to pass laws which would force ISPs to block or degrade BitTorrent traffic, too. Personally, I think this is like closing down freeways because a bank robber could use them to get away.
Wil Wheaton

Before the 1970s, banks were banks. They did what banks were supposed to do in a state capitalist economy: they took unused funds from your bank account, for example, and transferred them to some potentially useful purpose like helping a family buy a home or send a kid to college.
Noam Chomsky

Everyone has favorite criminals. Mine are pimps. We can all rob a bank; we can all sell drugs. Being a pimp is a whole other thing.
Chris Rock

Ours is a government of checks and balances. The Mafia and crooked businessmen make out checks, and the politicians and other compromised officials improve their bank balances.
Steve Allen
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Bank Translations

bank in Afrikaans is oewer, bank
bank in Danish is bred, bank
bank in Dutch is bank
bank in Finnish is ranta
bank in French is bord, riverain, rive, banque
bank in German is Bank, Reihe, Ufer
bank in Italian is sponda, banca, riva
bank in Norwegian is bank
bank in Portuguese is margem, banco
bank in Spanish is orilla, banco, ribera
bank in Swedish is bank, strand
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