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bank Tweet Definition of bank Like Definition of bank on Facebook
noun
  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. A safe and guaranteed place of storage for and retrieval of important items or goods.
blood bank
sperm bank
data bank
  1. A row or panel of items stored or grouped together.
a of switches
  1. An edge of river or other watercourse.
  2. (nautical) 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).
  3. An embankment.
  4. (context, aviation) The incline of an aircraft, especially during a turn.
  5. A row of keys on a musical keyboard or the equivalent on a typewriter keyboard.
verb
  1. (context, intransitive, aircraft) To roll or incline laterally in order to turn.
  2. (context, intransitive) To deal with a bank or financial institution.
He banked with Barclays.
  1. (context, transitive) To put into a .
I'm going to the money.
  1. (context, transitive) To cause (an aircraft) to .
  2. (context, transitive) To form into a or heap, to bank up.
  3. (context, transitive) To cover the embers of a fire with ashes in order to retain heat.
bathometer Tweet Definition of bathometer Like Definition of bathometer on Facebook
noun
  1. An instrument that measures the depth of water
bathyscaphe Tweet Definition of bathyscaphe Like Definition of bathyscaphe on Facebook
noun
  1. A self-propelled deep-sea diving submersible for exploring the ocean depths, consisting of a crew cabin similar to a bathysphere suspended below a float filled with a buoyant liquid such as petrol
bathysphere Tweet Definition of bathysphere Like Definition of bathysphere on Facebook
noun
  1. A spherical steel deep-diving chamber with perspex windows, in which persons are lowered to the depths by a cable to study the oceans and deep-sea life; the precursor to the bathyscaphe
Benguela Current Tweet Definition of Benguela Current Like Definition of Benguela Current on Facebook
noun
  1. A cold ocean current originating in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica, thence flowing northwards up the west coast of Africa as far as Angola. It provides nutrients for the sea life in the fishing grounds off the Cape of Good Hope.
berg Tweet Definition of berg Like Definition of berg on Facebook
noun
  1. City/home
  2. (colloquial) Short form of iceberg.
  3. point
black ice Tweet Definition of black ice Like Definition of black ice on Facebook
noun
  1. An invisible film of ice on roads or pavements that makes them dangerously slippery.
  2. (context, Cryptography) An internet firewall. (Coined by w:William_Gibson, William Gibson in Neuromancer.)
bore Tweet Definition of bore Like Definition of bore on Facebook
noun
  1. A hole drilled or milled through something, as in the bore of a cannon
  2. One who inspires boredom or lack of interest.
  3. A capped well drilled to tap artesian water. The place where the well exists.
verb (bor, ing)
  1. (transitive) To make a hole through something.
  2. (transitive) To inspire boredom in somebody; to disinterest.
brash ice Tweet Definition of brash ice Like Definition of brash ice on Facebook
noun
  1. A patch of accumulated small fragments of floating ice (less than about 2 metres big)
brine Tweet Definition of brine Like Definition of brine on Facebook
noun
  1. salt water; water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt; a salt and water solution for pickling
Do you want a can of tuna in oil or in brine?
  1. the sea or ocean; the water of the sea
verb (brin, ing)
  1. (transitive) To preserve food in a salt solution.

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