- A piled-up mass, as of snow or clouds. See Synonyms at heap.
- A steep natural incline.
- An artificial embankment.
- The slope of land adjoining a body of water, especially adjoining a river, lake, or channel. Often used in the plural.
- A large elevated area of a sea floor. Often used in the plural.
- Games The cushion of a billiard or pool table.
- The lateral inward tilting, as of a motor vehicle or an aircraft, in turning or negotiating a curve.
, banks VERB: tr.
- To border or protect with a ridge or embankment.
- To pile up; amass: banked earth along the wall.
- To cover (a fire), as with ashes or fresh fuel, to ensure continued low burning.
- To construct with a slope rising to the outside edge: The turns on the racetrack were steeply banked.
- To tilt (an aircraft) laterally and inwardly in flight.
- To tilt (a motor vehicle) laterally and inwardly when negotiating a curve.
- Games To strike (a billiard ball) so that it rebounds from the cushion of the table.
- Sports To play (a ball or puck) in such a way as to make it glance off a surface, such as a backboard or wall.
- To rise in or take the form of a bank.
- To tilt an aircraft or a motor vehicle laterally when turning.
Middle English, of Scandinavian origin
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