Banks

[ bangks ]
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noun

Sir Joseph,1734–1820, English naturalist.
Nathaniel Pren·tiss [pren-tis] /ˈprɛn tɪs/, 1816–94, U.S. army officer and politician: Speaker of the House 1856–57.

Definition for banks (2 of 4)

bank

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[ bangk ]
/ bæŋk /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of bank

1
1150–1200; Middle English banke, Old English hōbanca couch; cognate with Old Norse bakki elevation, hill, Swedish backe, Danish bakke < Germanic *bank-ōn-; perhaps akin to Sanskrit bhañj- bend, Lithuanian bangà wave; see bank3, bench
SYNONYMS FOR bank

Definition for banks (3 of 4)

Origin of bank

2
1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French banque < Italian banca table, counter, moneychanger's table < Old High German bank bench

Definition for banks (4 of 4)

bank

3
[ bangk ]
/ bæŋk /

noun

verb (used with object)

to arrange in a bank: to bank the seats; to bank the lights.

Origin of bank

3
1200–50; Middle English bank(e) < Old French banc bench < Germanic; see bank1
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British Dictionary definitions for banks (1 of 4)

Banks

/ (bæŋks) /

noun

Iain (Menzies). 1954–2013, Scottish novelist and science fiction writer. His novels include The Wasp Factory (1984), The Crow Road (1992), and The Steep Approach to Garbadale (2007); science-fiction (under the name Iain M. Banks) includes Look to Windward (2000)
Sir Joseph . 1743–1820, British botanist and explorer: circumnavigated the world with James Cook (1768–71)

British Dictionary definitions for banks (2 of 4)

bank

1
/ (bæŋk) /

noun

verb

See also bank on

Word Origin for bank

C15: probably from Italian banca bench, moneychanger's table, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German banc bench

British Dictionary definitions for banks (3 of 4)

bank

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/ (bæŋk) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for bank

C12: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Icelandic bakki hill, Old Danish banke, Swedish backe

British Dictionary definitions for banks (4 of 4)

bank

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/ (bæŋk) /

noun

an arrangement of objects, esp similar objects, in a row or in tiersa bank of dials
  1. a tier of oars in a galley
  2. a bench for the rowers in a galley
a grade of lightweight writing and printing paper used for airmail letters, etc
telephony (in automatic switching) an assembly of fixed electrical contacts forming a rigid unit in a selector or similar device

verb

(tr) to arrange in a bank

Word Origin for bank

C17: from Old French banc bench, of Germanic origin; see bank 1
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Science definitions for banks

Banks

[ băngks ]
Sir Joseph 1743-1820

British botanist who took part in Captain James Cook's voyage around the world (1768-1771), during which he discovered and cataloged many species of plant and animal life.
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Idioms and Phrases with banks

bank


In addition to the idiom beginning with bank

  • bank on

also see:

  • break the bank
  • laugh all the way to the bank
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