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BANK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bank mean? 

BANK (noun)
  The noun BANK has 10 senses:

1. a financial institution that accepts deposits and channels the money into lending activities
2. sloping land (especially the slope beside a body of water)
3. a supply or stock held in reserve for future use (especially in emergencies)
4. a building in which the business of banking transacted
5. an arrangement of similar objects in a row or in tiers
6. a container (usually with a slot in the top) for keeping money at home
7. a long ridge or pile
8. the funds held by a gambling house or the dealer in some gambling games
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
10. a flight maneuver; aircraft tips laterally about its longitudinal axis (especially in turning)

  Familiarity information: BANK used as a noun is familiar.


BANK (verb)
  The verb BANK has 8 senses:

1. tip laterally
2. enclose with a bank
3. do business with a bank or keep an account at a bank
4. act as the banker in a game or in gambling
5. be in the banking business
6. put into a bank account
7. cover with ashes so to control the rate of burning
8. have confidence or faith in

  Familiarity information: BANK used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


BANK (noun)


Sense 1bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A financial institution that accepts deposits and channels the money into lending activities

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

depository financial institution; banking concern; banking company; bank

Context examples:

he cashed a check at the bank / that bank holds the mortgage on my home

Hypernyms ("bank" is a kind of...):

financial institution; financial organisation; financial organization (an institution (public or private) that collects funds (from the public or other institutions) and invests them in financial assets)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bank"):

Home Loan Bank (one of 11 regional banks that monitor and make short-term credit advances to thrift institutions in their region)

thrift institution (a depository financial institution intended to encourage personal savings and home buying)

acquirer (a corporation gaining financial control over another corporation or financial institution through a payment in cash or an exchange of stock)

acquirer; merchant bank (a credit card processing bank; merchants receive credit for credit card receipts less a processing fee)

member bank (a bank that is a member of the Federal Reserve System)

agent bank; lead bank (a bank named by a lending syndicate of several banks to protect their interests)

state bank (a bank chartered by a state rather than by the federal government)

commercial bank; full service bank (a financial institution that accepts demand deposits and makes loans and provides other services for the public)

agent bank (a bank that acts as an agent for a foreign bank)

Federal Reserve Bank; reserve bank (one of 12 regional banks that monitor and act as depositories for banks in their region)

credit union (a cooperative depository financial institution whose members can obtain loans from their combined savings)

Holonyms ("bank" is a member of...):

banking industry; banking system (banks collectively)


Sense 2bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sloping land (especially the slope beside a body of water)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Context examples:

they pulled the canoe up on the bank / he sat on the bank of the river and watched the currents

Hypernyms ("bank" is a kind of...):

incline; side; slope (an elevated geological formation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bank"):

waterside (land bordering a body of water)

riverbank; riverside (the bank of a river)


Sense 3bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Hypernyms ("bank" is a kind of...):

backlog; reserve; stockpile (something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bank"):

blood bank (a place for storing whole blood or blood plasma)

eye bank (a place for storing and preserving corneas that are obtained from human corpses immediately after death; used for corneal transplantation to patients with corneal defects)

food bank (a place where food is contributed and made available to those in need)

soil bank (land retired from crop cultivation and planted with soil-building crops; government subsidies are paid to farmers for their retired land)


Sense 4bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A building in which the business of banking transacted

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

bank building; bank

Context example:

the bank is on the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon

Hypernyms ("bank" is a kind of...):

deposit; depositary; depository; repository (a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping)

Meronyms (parts of "bank"):

bank vault; vault (a strongroom or compartment (often made of steel) for safekeeping of valuables)


Sense 5bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An arrangement of similar objects in a row or in tiers

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

he operated a bank of switches

Hypernyms ("bank" is a kind of...):

array (an orderly arrangement)


Sense 6bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

coin bank; money box; savings bank; bank

Context example:

the coin bank was empty

Hypernyms ("bank" is a kind of...):

container (any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bank"):

penny bank; piggy bank (a child's coin bank (often shaped like a pig))


Sense 7bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A long ridge or pile

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Context example:

a huge bank of earth

Hypernyms ("bank" is a kind of...):

ridge (a long narrow natural elevation or striation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bank"):

bluff (a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion))

sandbank (a submerged bank of sand near a shore or in a river; can be exposed at low tide)


Sense 8bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Context example:

he tried to break the bank at Monte Carlo

Hypernyms ("bank" is a kind of...):

cash in hand; finances; funds; monetary resource; pecuniary resource (assets in the form of money)


Sense 9bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

cant; camber; bank

Hypernyms ("bank" is a kind of...):

incline; side; slope (an elevated geological formation)


Sense 10bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the plane went into a steep bank

Hypernyms ("bank" is a kind of...):

airplane maneuver; flight maneuver (a maneuver executed by an aircraft)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bank"):

vertical bank (a bank so steep that the plane's lateral axis approaches the vertical)


BANK (verb)


Sense 1bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tip laterally

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

the pilot had to bank the aircraft

Hypernyms (to "bank" is one way to...):

tip (cause to tilt)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Enclose with a bank

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

bank roads

Hypernyms (to "bank" is one way to...):

close in; enclose; inclose; shut in (surround completely)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

Where do you bank in this town?

Hypernyms (to "bank" is one way to...):

transact (conduct business)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Act as the banker in a game or in gambling

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Hypernyms (to "bank" is one way to...):

act (discharge one's duties)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 5bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be in the banking business

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Hypernyms (to "bank" is one way to...):

do work; work (be employed)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 6bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put into a bank account

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

deposit; bank

Context example:

She deposits her paycheck every month

Hypernyms (to "bank" is one way to...):

give (transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bank"):

redeposit (deposit anew)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They bank the money


Sense 7bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cover with ashes so to control the rate of burning

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

bank a fire

Hypernyms (to "bank" is one way to...):

cover (provide with a covering or cause to be covered)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 8bank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have confidence or faith in

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

rely; trust; swear; bank

Context examples:

We can trust in God / Rely on your friends / bank on your good education / I swear by my grandmother's recipes

Hypernyms (to "bank" is one way to...):

believe (accept as true; take to be true)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bank"):

credit (have trust in; trust in the truth or veracity of)

lean (rely on for support)

bet; calculate; count; depend; look; reckon (have faith or confidence in)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


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