1. A bench, as for rowers in a galley; also, a tier of oars.
Placed on their banks, the lusty Trojan sweep
Neptune's smooth face, and cleave the yielding deep.
2. (Law) (a) The bench or seat upon which the judges sit. (b) 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 Banc. Burrill.
3. (Printing) A sort of table used by printers.
4. (Music) A bench, or row of keys belonging to a keyboard, as in an organ. Knight.
(Bank), n. [F. banque, It. banca, orig. bench, table, counter, of German origin, and akin to E.
bench; cf. G. bank bench, OHG. banch. See Bench, and cf. Banco, Beach.]
1. An establishment for the custody, loan, exchange, or issue, of money, and for facilitating the transmission
of funds by drafts or bills of exchange; an institution incorporated for performing one or more of such
functions, or the stockholders acting in their corporate capacity.
2. The building or office used for banking purposes.
3. A fund from deposits or contributions, to be used in transacting business; a joint stock or capital. [Obs.]
Let it be no bank or common stock, but every man be master of his own money.
4. (Gaming) The sum of money or the checks which the dealer or banker has as a fund, from which to
draw his stakes and pay his losses.
5. In certain games, as dominos, a fund of pieces from which the players are allowed to draw.
Bank credit, a credit by which a person who has given the required security to a bank has liberty to
draw to a certain extent agreed upon. Bank of deposit, a bank which receives money for safe
keeping. Bank of issue, a bank which issues its own notes payable to bearer.
(Bank), v. t. To deposit in a bank. Johnson.
(Bank), v. i.
1. To keep a bank; to carry on the business of a banker.
2. To deposit money in a bank; to have an account with a banker.