What is bank?

  • (verb): Be in the banking business.
    See also — Additional definitions below


A bank is a financial institution and a financial intermediary that accepts deposits and channels those deposits into lending activities, either directly by loaning or indirectly through capital markets. A bank is the connection between customers that have capital deficits and customers with capital surpluses.

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Xiamen International Bank
... Xiamen International Bank (XIB) (simplified Chinese 厦门国际银行 traditional Chinese 廈門國際銀行 pinyin Xiàmén Guójì Yínháng) was established in August 1985 ...

More definitions of "bank":

  • (noun): A container (usually with a slot in the top) for keeping money at home.
    Example: "The coin bank was empty"
    Synonyms: savings bank, coin bank, money box
  • (verb): Cover with ashes so to control the rate of burning.
    Example: "Bank a fire"
  • (noun): A supply or stock held in reserve for future use (especially in emergencies).
  • (verb): Act as the banker in a game or in gambling.
  • (noun): Sloping land (especially the slope beside a body of water).
    Example: "They pulled the canoe up on the bank"; "he sat on the bank of the river and watched the currents"
  • (noun): The funds held by a gambling house or the dealer in some gambling games.
    Example: "He tried to break the bank at Monte Carlo"
  • (verb): Have confidence or faith in.
    Example: "Bank on your good education"
    Synonyms: trust, swear, rely
  • (noun): An arrangement of similar objects in a row or in tiers.
    Example: "He operated a bank of switches"
  • (noun): A building in which commercial banking is transacted.
    Example: "The bank is on the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon"
    Synonyms: bank building
  • (verb): Enclose with a bank.
    Example: "Bank roads"
  • (verb): Put into a bank account.
    Synonyms: deposit
  • (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: cant, camber
  • (verb): Tip laterally.
    Example: "The pilot had to bank the aircraft"
  • (noun): A flight maneuver; aircraft tips laterally about its longitudinal axis (especially in turning).
    Example: "The plane went into a steep bank"
  • (noun): A long ridge or pile.
    Example: "A huge bank of earth"
  • (verb): Do business with a bank or keep an account at a bank.
    Example: "Where do you bank in this town?"

Famous quotes containing the word bank:

    The English language is like a broad river on whose bank a few patient anglers are sitting, while, higher up, the stream is being polluted by a string of refuse-barges tipping out their muck.
    Cyril Connolly (1903–1974)

    It was like passing a boundary to dive
    Into the sun-filled water, brightly leafed
    And limbed and lighted out from bank to bank.
    That’s how the stars shine during the day.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

    on a May morwening upon Malverne hilles
    Me befel a ferly, of fairye me thoughte;
    I was wery ofwandred and wente me to reste
    Under a brod bank by a bournes side;
    And as I lay and lenede and lookede on the watres,
    I slomerede into a sleeping, it swyede so merye.
    William Langland (1330–1400)