In geography a bank generally refers to the land alongside a body of water. Various structures are referred to as banks in different fields of geography.

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BANK was an artists' group active in London during the 1990s. Simon Bedwell and John Russell spent a few years on sporadic art events and fake mailout-only 'shows' in the years after leaving St Martins artschool, then in 1991 organised their first proper show, with fellow ex-St Martins friend Dino Demosthenous, in an ex-Barclays on Lewisham Way, South London; this is where the name BANK came from. Dino Demosthenous left in 1992. In 1993, Russell and Bedwell were joined by Milly Thompson, David Burrows and Andrew Williamson . Burrows left BANK in 1995, Williamson in 1998, Russell in 2000. When BANK's own gallery, Gallerie Poo Poo, closed after the three-day show ...

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  1. An institution where one can place and borrow money and take care of financial affairs.
  2. A branch office of such an institution.
  3. An underwriter or controller of a card game; also banque.
  4. A fund from deposits or contributions, to be used in transacting business; a joint stock or capital.
  5. The sum of money etc. which the dealer or banker has as a fund from which to draw stakes and pay losses.
  6. In certain games, such as dominos, a fund of pieces from which the players are allowed to draw.
  7. A safe and guaranteed place of storage for and retrieval of important items or goods.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. An edge of river, lake, or other watercourse.
  2. An elevation, or rising ground, under the sea; a shallow area of shifting sand, gravel, mud, and so forth (for example, a sandbank or mudbank).
    the banks of Newfoundland
  3. A slope of earth, sand, etc.; an embankment.
  4. The incline of an aircraft, especially during a turn.
  5. An incline, a hill.
  6. A mass noun for a quantity of clouds.
    The bank of clouds on the horizon announced the arrival of the predicted storm front.
  7. The face of the coal at which miners are working.
  8. A deposit of ore or coal, worked by excavations above water level.
  9. The ground at the top of a shaft.
    Ores are brought to bank.

Noun (etymology 3)

  1. A row or panel of items stored or grouped together.
    a bank of switches
  2. A row of keys on a musical keyboard or the equivalent on a typewriter keyboard.

Noun (etymology 4)

  1. A bench, as for rowers in a galley; also, a tier of oars.
  2. A bench or seat for judges in court.
  3. 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 .
  4. A kind of table used by printers.
  5. A bench, or row of keys belonging to a keyboard, as in an organ.


  1. To deal with a bank or financial institution.
    He banked with Barclays.
  2. To put into a bank.
    I'm going to bank the money.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To roll or incline laterally in order to turn.
  2. To cause (an aircraft) to bank.
  3. To form into a bank or heap, to bank up.
    to bank sand
  4. To cover the embers of a fire with ashes in order to retain heat.
  5. To raise a mound or dike about; to enclose, defend, or fortify with a bank; to embank.
  6. To pass by the banks of.

Verb (etymology 3)

  1. To arrange or order in a row.

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