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2 [bangk]
an institution for receiving, lending, exchanging, and safeguarding money and, in some cases, issuing notes and transacting other financial business.
the office or quarters of such an institution.
the stock or fund of pieces from which the players draw.
the fund of the manager or the dealer.
a special storage place: a blood bank; a sperm bank.
a store or reserve.
a sum of money, especially as a fund for use in business.
a moneychanger's table, counter, or shop.
verb (used without object)
to keep money in or have an account with a bank: Do you bank at the Village Savings Bank?
to exercise the functions of a bank or banker.
Games. to hold the bank.
verb (used with object)
to deposit in a bank: to bank one's paycheck.
Verb phrases
bank on/upon, to count on; depend on: You can bank on him to hand you a reasonable bill for his services.

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French banque < Italian banca table, counter, moneychanger's table < Old High German bank bench Unabridged
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bank1 (bæŋk)
1.  an institution offering certain financial services, such as the safekeeping of money, conversion of domestic into and from foreign currencies, lending of money at interest, and acceptance of bills of exchange
2.  the building used by such an institution
3.  a small container used at home for keeping money
4.  the funds held by a gaming house or a banker or dealer in some gambling games
5.  in various games
 a.  the stock, as of money, pieces, tokens, etc, on which players may draw
 b.  the player holding this stock
6.  any supply, store, or reserve, for future use: a data bank; a blood bank
7.  (tr) to deposit (cash, cheques, etc) in a bank
8.  (intr) to transact business with a bank
9.  (intr) to engage in the business of banking
10.  (intr) to hold the bank in some gambling games
[C15: probably from Italian banca bench, moneychanger's table, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German bancbench]

bank2 (bæŋk)
1.  a long raised mass, esp of earth; mound; ridge
2.  a slope, as of a hill
3.  the sloping side of any hollow in the ground, esp when bordering a river: the left bank of a river is on a spectator's left looking downstream
4.  a.  an elevated section, rising to near the surface, of the bed of a sea, lake, or river
 b.  (in combination): sandbank; mudbank
5.  a.  the area around the mouth of the shaft of a mine
 b.  the face of a body of ore
6.  the lateral inclination of an aircraft about its longitudinal axis during a turn
7.  banking, camber, cant, Also called: superelevation a bend on a road or on a railway, athletics, cycling, or other track having the outside built higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force on vehicles, runners, etc, rounding it at speed and in some cases to facilitate drainage
8.  the cushion of a billiard table
vb (when tr, often foll by up) (sometimes foll by up)
9.  to form into a bank or mound
10.  (tr) to border or enclose (a road, etc) with a bank
11.  to cover (a fire) with ashes, fresh fuel, etc, so that it will burn slowly
12.  to cause (an aircraft) to tip laterally about its longitudinal axis or (of an aircraft) to tip in this way, esp while turning
13.  to travel round a bank, esp at high speed
14.  (tr) billiards to drive (a ball) into the cushion
[C12: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Icelandic bakki hill, Old Danish banke, Swedish backe]

bank3 (bæŋk)
1.  an arrangement of objects, esp similar objects, in a row or in tiers: a bank of dials
2.  a.  a tier of oars in a galley
 b.  a bench for the rowers in a galley
3.  a grade of lightweight writing and printing paper used for airmail letters, etc
4.  telephony (in automatic switching) an assembly of fixed electrical contacts forming a rigid unit in a selector or similar device
5.  (tr) to arrange in a bank
[C17: from Old French banc bench, of Germanic origin; see bank1]

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Word Origin & History

"financial institution," late 15c., from either O.It. banca or M.Fr. banque (itself from the O.It. word), both meaning "table" (the notion is of the moneylender's exchange table), from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. bank "bench"); see bank (2). The verb meaning "to put confidence
in" (U.S. colloquial) is attested from 1884. Bank 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 O.E. but not attested in surviving documents, from a Scandinavian source such as O.N. banki, O.Dan. banke "sandbank," from P.Gmc. *bangkon "slope," cognate with *bankiz "shelf."
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