bank [-s] n

ME < Germanic 'shelf, bench'; see bench, n.

  1. Shore; coast; strand; rise of ground; elevation of earth on the side of a body of water.
  2. Heap; accumulation; gathering; cumulus cloud; long nimbus mass on the horizon.
  3. Treasury; money depository; place where funds are kept safe; [fig.] flower bed; garden plot.
  4. Pile; support; burial cushion; casket pillow; swath of material surrounding a corpse.
  5. Platform; mound; terrace.
  6. Channel; river passage; steep ridge of earth at the water's edge; [fig.] vessel; artery; [fig.] boundary; border; margin; limit.