- to drive (a ball) to the cushion.
- to pocket (the object ball) by driving it against the bank.
Origin of bank1
synonym study for bank
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Other definitions for bank (2 of 3)
- the stock or fund of pieces from which the players draw.
- the fund of the manager or the dealer.
- a sum of money, especially as a fund for use in business.
- a moneychanger's table, counter, or shop.
Origin of bank2
Other definitions for bank (3 of 3)
- (formerly) a bench on which sheets are placed as printed.
- Also called, especially British, random. the sloping work surface at the top of a compositor's workbench.
- a table or rack on which type material is stored before being made up in forms.
Origin of bank3
What is a basic definition of bank?
The word bank is used as a noun to refer to a place where people deposit money or to a long mound or slope, like a riverbank. Bank is also used as a verb meaning to bounce off of something. The word bank is very common and has several other senses, as both a noun and a verb.
A bank is an institution that allows people to deposit money into an account (called a bank account) for safekeeping. Banks often offer many other money-related services such as lending money, sending money to other people, exchanging large bills for smaller bills, and providing credit cards. Physical buildings where these services are offered are called banks, and the companies that own and operate these institutions are also called banks. This kind of business is called banking, and a person who works in this business is called a banker.
- Real-life examples: In the United States, major banks include Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Citibank. Examples of banks based in other countries include HSBC, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, and Bank of China.
- Used in a sentence: I need to stop at the bank to get some money from my checking account.
The noun bank is also used to refer to a long mound or slope.
- Real-life examples: A riverbank is one of the two slopes bordering a river—the land that contains the river on each side. A snowbank is a big pile of snow that can pile up naturally or can be created by a shovel or snowplow.
- Used in a sentence: Be careful when you walk along the banks of the river—it’s very muddy and slippery.
As a verb, bank means to bounce or ricochet off of something, such as after falling or being thrown. This can happen with or without someone doing the banking. In basketball, a bank shot is a shot that the player banks off of the backboard instead of shooting the ball directly into the hoop.
- Used in a sentence:
- Sarah banked the crumpled ball of paper off the cabinet and into the trash can.
- The acorn fell off the tree and banked off of my windshield.
- Used in a sentence: You can always bank on Joe to help when no one else will.
Where does bank come from?
The first records of bank come from the late 1100s. The sense that refers to a mound or slope comes from the Old Norse bakki, which means “hill” and is related to similar Scandinavian words, such as the Swedish backe, the Danish bakke, and the Germanic bank-ōn.
The first records of bank referring to a place where money is kept come from the 1400s. This sense comes from the Italian banca, meaning a “moneychanger’s table.”
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How is bank used in real life?
Bank is a very common word that has many different meanings. Most commonly, it refers to the place where you deposit your money.
I had no intentions on going outside today but I need to go to the bank. 🥴
— naymoney (@Nay2x__) November 20, 2020
In my neighborhood, coming around a corner and my car hydroplanes onto a bank of dirt and now I'm stuck. My luck couldn't get any worse…
— Jason Farria (@JasonFarria) May 7, 2013
If there are no zombies in the next call of duty you can bank on the fact that I’m not buying it 🤦
— sign dane jackson (@Z_Brookens) May 9, 2020
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A bank of snow is a long pile of snow that has been gathered together.
How to use bank in a sentence
Because they could not obtain bank financing, the company’s founders believed their only option was borrowing from hard-money lenders at exorbitant rates.Opportunity Zones haven’t fully reached their potential, but don’t write them off yet|jakemeth|September 16, 2020|Fortune
The Fed prefers a little inflation because that gives the central bank more room to cut or raise short-term interest rates.Fed leaves short-term interest rates unchanged at nearly zero|Lee Clifford|September 16, 2020|Fortune
The actual total is probably higher because many banks eliminate staff without disclosing their plans.The incredibly shrinking banking sector is heading for near-record job losses this year|Bernhard Warner|September 16, 2020|Fortune
Fraser, of course, will become the first woman chief executive of a big Wall Street bank in February.Why one of the world’s few female bank CEOs decided to step down|Claire Zillman, reporter|September 16, 2020|Fortune
Russak-Aminoach’s decision to join Team8 is a stark departure from her prior role leading a legacy bank that dates back to 1902.She was one of the world’s few female bank CEOs. Now she’s founding a fintech venture group|Claire Zillman, reporter|September 15, 2020|Fortune
One that they cannot cash in at the bank to pay for their flats.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem|Danielle Belton|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A tugboat improbably sits high on the bank, obscured by tall grass, a broken oil rig hangs over the water nearby.
But just up the steep river bank and through the brush is an opening.
He was surprised that the central bank did not understand that.
At this point in his life, Denton has enough filthy lucre in his bank account to affect a certain lack of interest in the stuff.The Gospel According to Nick Denton—What Next For The Gawker Founder?|Lloyd Grove|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In sorting notes it is necessary to be able readily to distinguish between notes of this bank and notes of other reserve banks.
Thus far Boston banks have received more benefits from this bank than have the other banks in this district.
The weed growing over every water, and at the bank of the river, shall be pulled up before all grass.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
The dormant accounts most of the banks maintain with the reserve bank are, perhaps, indicative of their attitude toward it.
At the reserve bank they may borrow as a standing right and not as a favor which may be cut off.
British Dictionary definitions for bank (1 of 3)
- the stock, as of money, pieces, tokens, etc, on which players may draw
- the player holding this stock
Word Origin for bank
British Dictionary definitions for bank (2 of 3)
- an elevated section, rising to near the surface, of the bed of a sea, lake, or river
- (in combination)sandbank; mudbank
- the area around the mouth of the shaft of a mine
- the face of a body of ore
Word Origin for bank
British Dictionary definitions for bank (3 of 3)
- a tier of oars in a galley
- a bench for the rowers in a galley
Word Origin for bank
Other Idioms and Phrases with bank
In addition to the idiom beginning with bank
- bank on
- break the bank
- laugh all the way to the bank