Bank Definition

Define what is Bank?

1. bank (noun)

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.

incline, slope, side noun
an elevated geological formation.


riverbank, Riverside noun
the bank of a river.

waterside noun
land bordering a body of water.

2. bank (verb)

tip laterally.

  • the pilot had to bank the aircraft.

tip verb
cause to tilt.

3. banking company, banking concern, depository financial institution, bank (noun)

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.

financial institution, financial organisation, financial organization noun
an institution (public or private) that collects funds (from the public or other institutions) and invests them in financial assets.


credit union noun
a cooperative depository financial institution whose members can obtain loans from their combined savings.

Federal Reserve Bank, reserve bank noun
one of 12 regional banks that monitor and act as depositories for banks in their region.

agent bank noun
a bank that acts as an agent for a foreign bank.

commercial bank, full service bank noun
a financial institution that accepts demand deposits and makes loans and provides other services for the public.

state bank noun
a bank chartered by a state rather than by the federal government.

agent bank, lead bank noun
a bank named by a lending syndicate of several banks to protect their interests.

member bank noun
a bank that is a member of the Federal Reserve System.

merchant bank, acquirer noun
a credit card processing bank; merchants receive credit for credit card receipts less a processing fee.

acquirer noun
a corporation gaining financial control over another corporation or financial institution through a payment in cash or an exchange of stock.

thrift institution noun
a depository financial institution intended to encourage personal savings and home buying.

Home Loan Bank noun
one of 11 regional banks that monitor and make short-term credit advances to thrift institutions in their region.

4. bank (verb)

enclose with a bank.

  • bank roads.

inclose, shut in, close in, enclose verb
surround completely.

5. bank (noun)

a long ridge or pile.

  • a huge bank of earth.

ridge noun
a long narrow natural elevation or striation.


bluff noun
a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion).

sandbank noun
a submerged bank of sand near a shore or in a river; can be exposed at low tide.

6. bank (verb)

do business with a bank or keep an account at a bank.

  • Where do you bank in this town?.

transact verb
conduct business.

7. bank (verb)

act as the banker in a game or in gambling.


    act verb
    discharge one's duties.

    8. bank (noun)

    an arrangement of similar objects in a row or in tiers.

    • he operated a bank of switches.

    array noun
    an orderly arrangement.

    9. bank (verb)

    be in the banking business.


      do work, work verb
      be employed.

      10. bank (noun)

      a supply or stock held in reserve for future use (especially in emergencies).


        stockpile, reserve, backlog noun
        something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose.


        blood bank noun
        a place for storing whole blood or blood plasma.

        eye bank noun
        a place for storing and preserving corneas that are obtained from human corpses immediately after death; used for corneal transplantation to patients with corneal defects.

        food bank noun
        a place where food is contributed and made available to those in need.

        soil bank noun
        land retired from crop cultivation and planted with soil-building crops; government subsidies are paid to farmers for their retired land.

        11. deposit, bank (verb)

        put into a bank account.

        • She deposits her paycheck every month.
        Synonyms: deposit
        Antonyms: draw off, take out, withdraw, draw (verb)

        remove (a commodity) from (a supply source).


        give verb
        transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody.


        redeposit verb
        deposit once again.

        12. bank (noun)

        the funds held by a gambling house or the dealer in some gambling games.

        • he tried to break the bank at Monte Carlo.

        cash in hand, finances, funds, monetary resource, pecuniary resource noun
        assets in the form of money.

        13. camber, cant, bank (noun)

        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.

          Synonyms: camber, cant

          incline, slope, side noun
          an elevated geological formation.

          14. bank (verb)

          cover with ashes so to control the rate of burning.

          • bank a fire.

          cover verb
          provide with a covering or cause to be covered.

          15. rely, trust, swear, bank (verb)

          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.
          Synonyms: rely, trust, swear
          Antonyms: distrust, mistrust, suspect (verb)

          regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in.


          believe verb
          accept as true; take to be true.


          credit verb
          have trust in; trust in the truth or veracity of.

          lean verb
          rely on for support.

          depend, bet, reckon, calculate, count, look verb
          have faith or confidence in.

          16. coin bank, money box, savings bank, bank (noun)

          a container (usually with a slot in the top) for keeping money at home.

          • the coin bank was empty.

          container noun
          any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another).


          penny bank, piggy bank noun
          a child's coin bank (often shaped like a pig).

          17. bank building, bank (noun)

          a building in which the business of banking transacted.

          • the bank is on the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon.
          Synonyms: bank building

          depositary, depository, repository, deposit noun
          a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping.

          18. bank (noun)

          a flight maneuver; aircraft tips laterally about its longitudinal axis (especially in turning).

          • the plane went into a steep bank.

          airplane maneuver, flight maneuver noun
          a maneuver executed by an aircraft.


          vertical bank noun
          a bank so steep that the plane's lateral axis approaches the vertical.

          Nearby Terms

          bank account (noun)
          a fund that a customer has entrusted to a bank and from which the customer can make withdrawals

          bank bill (noun)
          a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank)

          bank building (noun)
          a building in which the business of banking transacted

          bank card (noun)
          a credit card issued by a bank

          bank charter (noun)
          a charter authorizing the operation of a bank

          bank check (noun)
          a written order directing a bank to pay money

          bank clerk (noun)
          an employee of a bank who receives and pays out money

          bank closing (noun)
          act of closing down a bank because of a fiscal emergency or failure

          bank commissioner (noun)
          a commissioner appointed to supervise banks; a state superintendent of banks

          bank deposit (noun)
          money deposited in a bank or some similar institution

          bank discount (noun)
          interest on an annual basis deducted in advance on a loan

          bank draft (noun)
          a draft drawn by a bank against funds deposited in another bank

          bank examination (noun)
          an examination of the affairs and records of a bank by a state or federal bank examiner

          bank examiner (noun)
          an examiner appointed to audit the accounts of banks in a given jurisdiction

          bank failure (noun)
          the inability of a bank to meet its credit obligations