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 for bank
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Banc \Banc\, Bancus \Ban"cus\, Bank \Bank\, n. [OF. banc, LL.
     bancus. See Bank, n.]
     A bench; a high seat, or seat of distinction or judgment; a
     tribunal or court.
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     In banc, In banco (the ablative of bancus), In bank, in
        full court, or with full judicial authority; as, sittings
        in banc (distinguished from sittings at nisi prius).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bank \Bank\ (b[a^][ng]k), n. [OE. banke; akin to E. bench, and
     prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. bakki. See Bench.]
     1. 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.
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              They cast up a bank against the city. --2 Sam. xx.
                                                    15.
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     2. A steep acclivity, as the slope of a hill, or the side of
        a ravine.
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     3. The margin of a watercourse; the rising ground bordering a
        lake, river, or sea, or forming the edge of a cutting, or
        other hollow.
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              Tiber trembled underneath her banks.  --Shak.
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     4. An elevation, or rising ground, under the sea; a shoal,
        shelf, or shallow; as, the banks of Newfoundland.
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     5. (Mining)
        (a) The face of the coal at which miners are working.
        (b) A deposit of ore or coal, worked by excavations above
            water level.
        (c) The ground at the top of a shaft; as, ores are brought
            to bank.
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     6. (A["e]ronautics) The lateral inclination of an
        a["e]roplane as it rounds a curve; as, a bank of 45[deg]
        is easy; a bank of 90[deg] is dangerous.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     7. A group or series of objects arranged near together; as, a
        bank of electric lamps, etc.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     8. The tilt of a roadway or railroad, at a curve in the road,
        designed to counteract centrifugal forces acting on
        vehicles moving rapiudly around the curve, thus reducing
        the danger of overturning during a turn.
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     Bank beaver (Zool.), the otter. [Local, U.S.]
  
     Bank swallow, a small American and European swallow
        ({Clivicola riparia) that nests in a hole which it
        excavates in a bank.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bank \Bank\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Banked(b[a^][ng]kt); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Banking.]
     1. To raise a mound or dike about; to inclose, defend, or
        fortify with a bank; to embank. "Banked well with earth."
        --Holland.
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     2. To heap or pile up; as, to bank sand.
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     3. To pass by the banks of. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     4. (Engineering) To build (a roadway or railroad) with an
        inclination at a curve in the road, so as to counteract
        centrifugal forces acting on vehicles moving rapiudly
        around the curve, thus reducing the danger of vehicles
        overturning at a curve; as, the raceway was steeply banked
        at the curves.
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     To bank a fire, To bank up a fire, to cover the coals or
        embers with ashes or cinders, thus keeping the fire low
        but alive.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bank \Bank\, n. [Prob. fr. F. banc. Of German origin, and akin
     to E. bench. See Bench.]
     1. A bench, as for rowers in a galley; also, a tier of oars.
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              Placed on their banks, the lusty Trojan sweep
              Neptune's smooth face, and cleave the yielding deep.
                                                    --Waller.
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     2. (Law)
        (a) The bench or seat upon which the judges sit.
        (b) 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. --Burrill.
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     3. (Printing) A sort of table used by printers.
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     4. (Music) A bench, or row of keys belonging to a keyboard,
        as in an organ. --Knight.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bank \Bank\, n. [F. banque, It. banca, orig. bench, table,
     counter, of German origin, and akin to E. bench; cf. G. bank
     bench, OHG. banch. See Bench, and cf. Banco, Beach.]
     1. 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.
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     2. The building or office used for banking purposes.
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     3. A fund to be used in transacting business, especially a
        joint stock or capital.
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              Let it be no bank or common stock, but every man be
              master of his own money.              --Bacon.
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     4. (Gaming) 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.
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     5. In certain games, as dominos, a fund of pieces from which
        the players are allowed to draw; in Monopoly, the fund of
        money used to pay bonuses due to the players, or to which
        they pay fines.
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     6. a place where something is stored and held available for
        future use; specifically, an organization that stores
        biological products for medical needs; as, a blood bank,
        an organ bank, a sperm bank.
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     Bank credit, a credit by which a person who has given the
        required security to a bank has liberty to draw to a
        certain extent agreed upon.
  
     Bank of deposit, a bank which receives money for safe
        keeping.
  
     Bank of issue, a bank which issues its own notes payable to
        bearer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bank \Bank\, v. t.
     To deposit in a bank. --Johnson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bank \Bank\, v. i.
     1. To keep a bank; to carry on the business of a banker.
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     2. To deposit money in a bank; to have an account with a
        banker.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bank \Bank\, v. i. (A["e]ronautics)
     To tilt sidewise in rounding a curve; -- said of a flying
     machine, an a["e]rocurve, or the like.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bank
      n 1: 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: 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" [syn:
         depository financial institution, bank, banking
         concern, banking company]
      3: a long ridge or pile; "a huge bank of earth"
      4: an arrangement of similar objects in a row or in tiers; "he
         operated a bank of switches"
      5: a supply or stock held in reserve for future use (especially
         in emergencies)
      6: the funds held by a gambling house or the dealer in some
         gambling games; "he tried to break the bank at Monte Carlo"
      7: 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 [syn: bank, cant, camber]
      8: a container (usually with a slot in the top) for keeping
         money at home; "the coin bank was empty" [syn: savings
         bank, coin bank, money box, bank]
      9: a building in which the business of banking transacted; "the
         bank is on the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon" [syn:
         bank, bank building]
      10: a flight maneuver; aircraft tips laterally about its
          longitudinal axis (especially in turning); "the plane went
          into a steep bank"
      v 1: tip laterally; "the pilot had to bank the aircraft"
      2: enclose with a bank; "bank roads"
      3: do business with a bank or keep an account at a bank; "Where
         do you bank in this town?"
      4: act as the banker in a game or in gambling
      5: be in the banking business
      6: put into a bank account; "She deposits her paycheck every
         month" [syn: deposit, bank] [ant: draw, draw off,
         take out, withdraw]
      7: cover with ashes so to control the rate of burning; "bank a
         fire"
      8: 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" [syn: trust, swear, rely,
         bank] [ant: distrust, mistrust, suspect]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  567 Moby Thesaurus words for "bank":
     Bank of England, Bank of France, Federal Reserve bank, Fort Knox,
     Indian file, Indian reservation, International Monetary Fund,
     Lombard Street bank, Swiss bank, World Bank, abatis, abutment,
     advanced work, align, anthill, arc-boutant, arch dam, archives,
     arm, armor, armor-plate, armory, array, arsenal, articulation,
     ascend, attic, backstop, balistraria, bamboo curtain, bank up,
     banquette, bar, barbed-wire entanglement, barbican, barrage,
     barricade, barrier, bartizan, basement, bastion, battle,
     battlement, bay, beach, beam, bear-trap dam, beaver dam, berm,
     bet on, bevel, bezel, bin, bird sanctuary, blockade, board,
     bonded warehouse, bookcase, boom, border, bordure, box,
     branch bank, breakwater, breastwork, brick wall, brim, brink,
     broadside, brow, buffer, build on, bulkhead, bulwark, bundle away,
     bunker, burn, bursary, buttery, buttress, buttress pier,
     buttressing, buzz, cache, calculate, cant, careen, cargo dock,
     casemate, cash register, cashbox, castellate, catena, catenation,
     cellar, central bank, chain, chain reaction, chaining, cheek,
     chest, cheval-de-frise, chop, chute, circumvallation,
     clearing house, climb, closet, coal mine, coast, coastland,
     coastline, cock, coffer, cofferdam, coin box, colliery,
     commercial bank, compact, concatenation, concentrate, conflagrate,
     connection, consecution, conservatory, continuum, contravallation,
     coral reef, count on, counterscarp, course, crab, crate,
     credit union, crenellate, crib, cupboard, curtain, cycle, dam,
     decline, defense, demibastion, depend, deposit, depository, depot,
     descend, descent, dig in, diggings, dike, dip, ditch, dock,
     drawbridge, drawer, drift, drone, drop, dump, dune, earthwork,
     easy slope, edge, embankment, embattle, enclosure, endless belt,
     endless round, enkindle, entanglement, entrench, escarp,
     escarpment, exchequer, fall, fall away, fall off, fan the flame,
     farm loan bank, feather, featheredge, federal land bank, feed,
     feed the fire, fence, fieldwork, file, filiation, finance company,
     finance corporation, fire, fisc, fishtail, flange, flank, flat,
     fleam, flying buttress, ford, foreshore, forest preserve,
     fortalice, fortification, fortify, frame, fringe, gamble on,
     game reserve, gamut, garrison, gate, gentle slope, glacis,
     glory hole, go downhill, go uphill, godown, gold depository,
     gold mine, gradation, grade, gradient, gravity dam, groin, hand,
     handedness, hanging buttress, hanging gardens, haunch, haycock,
     haymow, hayrick, haystack, heap, heap up, helicline, hem, hill,
     hillside, hip, hoard, hock shop, hold, hum, hutch,
     hydraulic-fill dam, ignite, inclination, incline, inclined plane,
     inflame, intend, invest, investment bank, iron curtain,
     ironbound coast, jackpot, jam, jetty, jowl, jutty, keel, kindle,
     kitty, labellum, labium, labrum, laterality, launching ramp,
     lay aside, lay away, lay down, lay in, lay in store, lean,
     leaping weir, ledge, lending institution, levee, library, lido,
     light, light up, limb, limbus, line, line up, lineage, lip, list,
     littoral, locker, lodge, logjam, loop, loophole, lot, lumber room,
     lumberyard, lunette, machicolation, magasin, magazine, man,
     man the garrison, mantelet, many-sidedness, marge, margin, mass,
     member bank, merlon, milldam, mine, moat, mole, molehill,
     money chest, moneyed corporation, monotone, mortgage company,
     mound, mountain, mow, multilaterality, museum, mutual savings bank,
     national bank, national forest, national park, nexus,
     nonmember bank, open cut, opencast, outwork, pack away, palisade,
     paradise, parados, parapet, park, pawnbroker, pawnbrokery,
     pawnshop, pendulum, penny bank, periodicity, pier, pier buttress,
     piggy bank, pile, pile up, pit, pitch, plage, plan, planking,
     playa, plenum, plow, pool, pork barrel, porpoise, portcullis,
     postern gate, pot, powder train, preserve, profile, progression,
     public crib, public till, public treasury, public trough, pull out,
     pull up, push down, put away, pyramid, quarry, quarter, queue,
     rack, ragged edge, rake, ramp, rampart, range, rank, ravelin,
     reckon on, recurrence, redan, redoubt, reef, rekindle, relight,
     relume, repertory, reposit, repository, reservation, reserve,
     reserve bank, reservoir, retaining wall, reticulation, retreat,
     rick, rim, rise, riverside, riviera, roadblock, rock-fill dam,
     rockbound coast, roll, rotation, round, routine, row, run, safe,
     safe-deposit box, sally port, salt away, salt down, sanctuary,
     sandbank, sandbar, sands, save, savings bank, scale, scarp, sconce,
     sea line, sea margin, seabank, seabeach, seaboard, seacliff,
     seacoast, seashore, seaside, seawall, selvage, sequence, series,
     set aside, set fire to, set on fire, shaft, shallow, shallows,
     shelf, shelve, shelving beach, shingle, shoal, shoal water, shore,
     shoreline, shoulder, shutter dam, side, sideline, sideslip, siding,
     sidle, single file, skid, skirt, slant, slope, snowbank, snowdrift,
     spectrum, spin, spiral, squirrel away, stack, stack room, stack up,
     stake, stakes, stash, state bank, state forest, steep slope,
     stiff climb, stir the fire, stock room, stockade, stoke,
     stoke the fire, stone wall, storage, store, store away, storehouse,
     storeroom, stow, stow away, stow down, strand, strike a light,
     string, string out, strong room, strongbox, stunt, submerged coast,
     subtreasury, succession, supply base, supply depot, swag, swath,
     sway, talus, tank, temple, tenaille, thread, tidal flats,
     tidewater, tier, tiger, till, tilt, tip, torch, touch off, train,
     treasure house, treasure room, treasure-house, treasury,
     trust company, trust in, undulate, unilaterality, uprise,
     vallation, vallum, vat, vault, venture, verge, wager, wall,
     warehouse, waterfront, waterside, weir, wetlands, wicket dam,
     wilderness preserve, wildlife preserve, windrow, wine cellar, work,
     workings, yaw
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  BANK, com. law. 1. A place for the deposit of money. 2. An institution, 
  generally incorporated, authorized to receive deposits of money, to lend 
  money, and to issue promissory notes, usually known by the name of bank 
  notes.  3. Banks are said to be of three kinds, viz : of deposit, of 
  discount, and of circulation; they generally perform all these operations. 
  Vide Metc. & Perk. Dig. Banks and Banking. 
  
  

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