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definition of the word bank

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From Italian banco, "bench", from the benches in public places from which the first bankers in Renaissance Italy would operate.

The bank of a river or lake is from Old English banca, Old Norse banke and Middle English bank.



bank (plural banks)

  1. An institution where one can place and borrow money and take care of financial affairs.
  2. A branch office of such an institution
  3. An underwriter or controller of a card game, also banque.
  4. A safe and guaranteed place of storage for and retrieval of important items or goods.
    blood bank
    sperm bank
    data bank
  5. A row or panel of items stored or grouped together.
    a bank of switches
  6. An edge of river or other watercourse.
  7. (nautical) An elevation, or rising ground, under the sea; a shallow area of shifting sand, gravel, mud, and so forth (for example, a sandbank or mudbank).
  8. An embankment
  9. (aviation) The incline of an aircraft, especially during a turn.
  10. A row of keys on a musical keyboard or the equivalent on a typewriter keyboard.
  11. (rail transport) an incline, a hill

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