• Banking Grounds
    Banking Grounds
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bank 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"
    • v bank cover with ashes so to control the rate of burning "bank a fire"
    • v bank enclose with a bank "bank roads"
    • v bank tip laterally "the pilot had to bank the aircraft"
    • v bank put into a bank account "She deposits her paycheck every month"
    • v bank be in the banking business
    • v bank act as the banker in a game or in gambling
    • v bank do business with a bank or keep an account at a bank "Where do you bank in this town?"
    • n bank a flight maneuver; aircraft tips laterally about its longitudinal axis (especially in turning) "the plane went into a steep bank"
    • n bank a building in which the business of banking transacted "the bank is on the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon"
    • n bank a container (usually with a slot in the top) for keeping money at home "the coin bank was empty"
    • n bank 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"
    • n bank an arrangement of similar objects in a row or in tiers "he operated a bank of switches"
    • n bank a long ridge or pile "a huge bank of earth"
    • n bank 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"
    • n bank 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
    • n bank the funds held by a gambling house or the dealer in some gambling games "he tried to break the bank at Monte Carlo"
    • n bank a supply or stock held in reserve for future use (especially in emergencies)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The boys poke about in a brook, while the girls relax on the bank The boys poke about in a brook, while the girls relax on the bank
Keep Away from the Banks for Fear The Banks Will Cave In 329 Keep Away from the Banks for Fear The Banks Will Cave In 329
The River Bank The River Bank
wolfhound and dingoes sliding down a bank wolfhound and dingoes sliding down a bank
American Museum Expedition on the Red Deer River. Fossils secured along the banks were packed and loaded aboard the large scow and floated down the river to the railway station American Museum Expedition on the Red Deer River. Fossils secured along the banks were packed and loaded aboard the...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Bank of America was originally called the Bank of Italy until the founder, Amedeo Giannini, changed the name in 1930
    • Bank A bench, as for rowers in a galley; also, a tier of oars. "Placed on their banks , the lusty Trojan sweep
      Neptune's smooth face, and cleave the yielding deep."
    • Bank (Music) A bench, or row of keys belonging to a keyboard, as in an organ.
    • n Bank A bench; a high seat, or seat of distinction or judgment; a tribunal or court.
    • Bank (Mining) A deposit of ore or coal, worked by excavations above water level.
    • Bank A fund to be used in transacting business, especially a joint stock or capital. "Let it be no bank or common stock, but every man be master of his own money."
    • Bank A group or series of objects arranged near together; as, a bank of electric lamps, etc.
    • Bank 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. "They cast up a bank against the city."
    • Bank a place where something is stored and held available for future use;
    • Bank (Printing) A sort of table used by printers.
    • Bank A steep acclivity, as the slope of a hill, or the side of a ravine.
    • Bank An elevation, or rising ground, under the sea; a shoal, shelf, or shallow; as, the banks of Newfoundland.
    • Bank 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.
    • Bank 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.
    • Bank (Law) The bench or seat upon which the judges sit.
    • Bank The building or office used for banking purposes.
    • Bank (Mining) The face of the coal at which miners are working.
    • Bank (Mining) The ground at the top of a shaft; as, ores are brought to bank .
    • Bank (Aëronautics) The lateral inclination of an aëroplane as it rounds a curve; as, a bank of 45° is easy; a bank of 90° is dangerous.
    • Bank The margin of a watercourse; the rising ground bordering a lake, river, or sea, or forming the edge of a cutting, or other hollow. "Tiber trembled underneath her banks ."
    • Bank (Law) 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.
    • Bank (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.
    • Bank 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.
    • Bank (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.
    • v. t Bank To deposit in a bank.
    • Bank To deposit money in a bank; to have an account with a banker.
    • Bank To heap or pile up; as, to bank sand.
    • Bank To keep a bank; to carry on the business of a banker.
    • Bank To pass by the banks of.
    • Bank To raise a mound or dike about; to inclose, defend, or fortify with a bank; to embank. "Banked well with earth."
    • v. i Bank (Aëronautics) To tilt sidewise in rounding a curve; -- said of a flying machine, an aërocurve, or the like.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average bank teller loses about $250 every year
    • n bank A mound, pile, or ridge of earth raised above the surrounding plain; an artificial embankment, especially for military use.
    • n bank Any steep acclivity, as one rising from a river, a lake, or the sea, or forming the side of a ravine, or the steep side of a hillock on a plain.
    • n bank An elevation or rising ground in the sea or the bed of a river, composed of sand or other soil, and either partly above water or covered everywhere with shoal water; a shoal; a shallow: as, the banks of Newfoundland; the Dogger bank in the North Sea.
    • n bank A bench or long seat; also, a stage or platform to speak from. See mountebank.
    • n bank A bench in a galley for rowers; hence, the number of rowers seated on one bench A galley was double-banked when there were two tiers or rows of benches, one above the other, triple-banked when there were three tiers, and so on. In modern phraseology, a boat is single-banked when the oars are pulled each by one man, the men sitting one upon a seat and alternately on opposite sides of a boat; it is double-banked when two men sit upon one seat, each man with an oar. An oar is single-banked when worked by one man, and double-banked when worked by two men.
    • n bank In law, the bench or seat upon which the judges sat. See banc.
    • n bank A bench or row of keys in an organ or similar instrument.
    • n bank In carpentry, a long piece of timber, especially of fir-wood unslit, from 4 to 10 inches square.
    • n bank In coal-mining: The surface around the mouth of a shaft: in this sense nearly synonymous with the Cornish grass, to bank being the same as to grass
    • n bank In England, the whole or one end or side of a working-place under ground.
    • n bank In Pennsylvania, a coal-working opened by water-level drifts.
    • n bank In England (Cumberland), a large heap or stack of coal on the surface.
    • n bank The support of the moving carriage of a printing-press.
    • n bank In the fire-chamber of a glass-furnace, one of the banked-up parts which support the melting-pots.
    • n bank In printing: The table used by a hand-pressman for his unprinted paper and his printed sheets.
    • n bank A frame, with sloping top, on which are placed the galleys for use in collecting and proving the type set: mainly used in newspaper composing-rooms.
    • n bank In thread or yarn manufacture, a creel in which rows of bobbins are held.
    • bank To raise a mound or dike about; inclose, defend, or fortify with a bank; embank: as, to bank a river.
    • bank To form into a bank or heap; heap or pile: with up: as, to bank up the snow.
    • bank To lie around or encircle, as a bank; constitute a bank around; form a bank or border to; hem in as a bank.
    • bank To pass by the banks or fortifications of.
    • bank To border upon.
    • bank To impinge upon the banking-pins of a watch: said of the escapement.
    • n bank A money-dealer's table, counter, or shop.
    • n bank A sum of money, especially a sum to draw upon, as in a loan-bank.
    • n bank In games of chance, the amount or pile which the proprietor of the gaming-table, or the person who plays against all the others, has before him; the funds of a gaming establishment; a fund in certain games at cards: as, a faro-bank.
    • n bank An institution for receiving and lending money. The banking institutions of the United States may be classed as national and State banks, savings-banks, private banks or bankers, and loan and trust companies. National banks were first authorized by a law of the United States enacted in 1863, for a term of twenty years. In 1864 another act was adopted (allowing the like term of twenty years), which was thereafter known as the National Bank Act. In 1883 they were authorized to continue twenty years longer. They receive, lend, and transmit money, and issue notes which are used as money, and buy, sell, and collect bills of exchange. Their circulating notes are secured by United States bonds deposited with the government, and their operations are subject to the inspection and supervision of the Comptroller of the Currency. State banks perform the same functions except that of issuing notes. The notes of the State banks were taxed 10 per cent. by Congress in 1865, in order to cause their retirement, which was speedily accomplished. Private banks and bankers carry on the same business as State banks. Sometimes one person constitutes a private bank, but generally several persons associate together and form a partnership. Loan and trust companies are incorporated institutions, and receive deposits, usually for a fixed period, and loan them on the pledge of stocks, bonds, and other securities, while national and State banks lend largely on the promises of the borrowers; they have also a capital which is subscribed and paid by the stockholders. Savings-banks receive money and lend it chiefly on the security of real estate. See savings-bank. In Europe several great national banks are intimately associated with the fiscal departments of the governments of their respective countries, as the Bank of England and the Bank of France. Banks of issue are such as issue notes that circulate as currency. In London and for sixty-five miles around no bank having more than ten partners, save the Bank of England, is allowed to issue its own notes.
    • n bank The office in which the transactions of a banking company are conducted.
    • bank To have an account with a banker; deposit money in a bank; transact business with a bank or as a bank; exercise the trade or profession of a banker.
    • bank To lay up on deposit in a bank: as, he banked $500.
    • n bank In lumbering. Same as landing, 9.
    • n bank A small pottery.
    • bank To fish on submarine banks, especially the Newfoundland Banks.
    • n bank In lumbering, the logs cut or skidded above the amount required in a day and held over by the saw-crew or skidders, to be reported when the daily quota is not reached.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bank robber John Dillinger played professional baseball
    • n Bank bangk a mound or ridge of earth: the earthy margin of a river, lake, &c.: the raised edge of a road, railway cutting, &c.:
    • v.t Bank to enclose with a bank: to deposit or pile up: to make up a fire by covering it with a heap of fuel so pressed down as to remain a long time burning slowly—banked fires
    • n Bank bangk a bench in a galley: a tier or rank of oars: the bench on which judges sat.
    • n Bank bangk a place where money is deposited: an institution for the keeping, lending, and exchanging, &c. of money: in games of hazard, the money the proprietor, who plays against all the others, has before him
    • v.t Bank to deposit in a bank, as money
    • adj Bank pertaining to a bank
    • n Bank bangk (min.) the surface at the pit-mouth, as in banksman: rising ground in the sea
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  • Bertolt Brecht
    “What's breaking into a bank compared with founding a bank?”
  • Bertolt Brecht
    “It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.”
  • Bob Hope
    “A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove you don't need it.”
  • Lord Byron
    “O Gold! I still prefer thee unto paper, which makes bank credit like a bark of vapor.”
  • Ezra Pound
    “Any general statement is like a check drawn on a bank. Its value depends on what is there to meet it.”
  • John Berry
    John Berry
    “A good idea plus capable men cannot fail; it is better than money in the bank.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. banke, of Scand. origin; cog. with Bank, Bench.


In literature:

A faro bank is a faro bank all the same.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
He could have turned to the left, along this river bank, or to the right, also along the river bank.
"The Chestermarke Instinct" by J. S. Fletcher
Nor could the proposed national bank answer the same useful purposes to the commercial world, as the present Bank of the United States.
"The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831" by Various
Jack Holton, like Amzi Montgomery, had inherited an interest in the banking-house of Montgomery & Holton.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
And the bank would pay without a murmur.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
The banks of the river St. Lawrence, from the neighbourhood of Brockville, are of limestone, and from twenty to fifty feet in height.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
Let us walk up the valley of Bull Run and notice its fords, its wooded banks, the scattered farm-houses, and fields of waving grain.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The woman looked at the bank, reflectively.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
The fair girl ran down the path, and met her near the tethering-post which stood under a tall bank.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
A tiny stone chapel stood on the bank at the extreme right.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin

In poetry:

It distresses
Me to see thee standing thus:
On this bank sit down and rest thee.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Such a starved bank of moss
Till, that May-morn,
Blue ran the flash across:
Violets were born!
"Apparitions" by Robert Browning
So, resting on a heathy bank,
I took my heart to me;
And we together sadly sank
Into a reverie.
"A Day Dream" by Emily Jane Bronte
He sleeps; the Roses
bank the fire.
Sunk in the clouds of their feather bed
they prepare to dream.
"An Embroidery" by Denise Levertov
A scar that I shall bear thro life
A memory of you.
And Hernia! O Hernia,
My bank-book has one too.
"A Love Song" by C J Dennis
The song of Glencar Water
It has such silvery frets;
And there, by Glencar Water,
Are banks of violets.
"Glencar Water" by Clinton Scollard

In news:

Bank employees say a white male in his early to mid-20s entered the bank Wednesday and demanded money.
Consumers want banks to deliver more personalized financial advice and convenient banking services through both virtual and physical channels—ushering in a new era of omnichannel banking.
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 6:51 a.m. Three of the country's biggest banks have moved into a segment of the consumer market that has been dominated by non-bank companies.
In 1979, Bank Earnings International was a small, 15-employee consulting firm in Atlanta that specialized in streamlining bank operations.
And Friday brings auditors' results of bank stress tests, which could give investors a better idea of just how deep Spain's banking troubles run.
Credit Suisse to Reorganize Investment Banking, Private Bank .
BMO Private Bank 's Wisconsin Regional President, Jason Stamm, discusses M&I Wealth Management's evolution into BMO Private Bank , and what this means to residents of Wisconsin.
Century City's Private Bank of California on Wednesday said that it has agreed to be acquired by First Pactrust Bancorp Inc, the Irvine holding company for PacTrust Bank and the South Bay's Beach Business Bank.
More Sections Business Ramsey Named Senior Wealth Advisor For Union Bank’s Private Bank Division.
Bank of America Corp. Four years to the month since the global credit crisis began, the European Central Bank has emerged as the lender of first resort to the Continent's broken banks.
Four years ago, the billion-dollar Inland banking industry was crippled by massive withdrawals and shifting of funds as Wall Street investment banker Lehman Brothers folded and Merrill Lynch was taken over by Bank of America.
On Friday, May 4, 2012, Austin Police officers responded to a bank robbery at the Bank of America, 3520 North Lamar Boulevard.
Bank of India & Punjab National Bank CDs Deals: Indian Money.
The keening from the banking industry in response to the Obama Administration's proposal to levy a special $90 billion tax on the largest banks is almost touching.
Unlike the Fed, the European Central Bank's easing means taking on huge credit risks as it lends out to banks that cannot obtain funding anywhere else.

In science:

However, this divergence does not contribute to h ¯ψψi if the m → 0 limit is taken first to yield the usual Banks-Casher relation.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
In the context of QCD, the small eigenvalues are more interesting than those in the bulk because of their relation to spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking via the Banks-Casher relation.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Indeed, this is in agreement with the Banks-Casher formula.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
In QCD the average level spacing is related to the order parameter of the chiral phase transition, the chiral condensate, by the Banks-Casher formula according to ∆λ = π/ΣV (with V the volume of Euclidean space-time).
Chiral Random Matrix Model for Critical Statistics
We will also find that the partition function is normalized such that the Σ represents the chiral condensate by means of the Banks-Casher relation Σ = πρ(0)/N (with ρ(0) the spectral density around λ = 0).
Chiral Random Matrix Model for Critical Statistics