an organization that provides various financial services, for example keeping or lending money
My salary is paid directly into my bank.
I need to go to the bank (= the local office of a bank) .
a bank loan
a bank manager
a supply of money or things that are used as money in some games, especially those in which gambling is involved
收集 / 储存物
an amount of sth that is collected; a place where sth is stored ready for use
a bank of knowledge
血 / 精液库
a blood/sperm bank
the side of a river, canal , etc. and the land near it
He jumped in and swam to the opposite bank.
It's on the north bank of the Thames.
a house on the banks of the River Severn (= on land near the river)
a raised area of ground that slopes at the sides, often at the edge of sth or dividing sth
There were low banks of earth between the rice fields.
The girls ran down the steep grassy bank.
an artificial slope built at the side of a road, so that cars can drive fast around bends
of cloud/snow, etc.
a mass of cloud, snow, etc., especially one formed by the wind
The sun disappeared behind a bank of clouds.
of machines, etc.
a row or series of similar objects, especially machines
一排灯 / 开关 / 计算机
a bank of lights/switches/computers
if you say sth won't break the bank , you mean that it won't cost a lot of money, or more than you can afford
to make a lot of money easily and feel very pleased about it
to put money into a bank account
She is believed to have banked (= been paid) £10 million in two years.
to have an account with a particular bank
The family had banked with Coutts for generations.
to travel with one side higher than the other when turning
The plane banked steeply to the left.
to form sth into piles
They banked the earth (up) into a mound.
to pile coal, etc. on a fire so that the fire burns slowly for a long time
The fire was banked up as high as if it were midwinter.
to rely on sb/sth
I'm banking on your help.
I'm banking on you to help me.
I was banking on getting something to eat on the train.
‘I'm sure he'll help.’ ‘ Don't bank on it (= it is not likely to happen) .’
to form into piles, especially because of the wind
The snow had banked up against the wall.