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noun 
  1. One who conducts the business of banking; one who, individually, or as a member of a company, keeps an establishment for the deposit or loan of money, or for traffic in money, bills of exchange, etc.
  2. A money changer.
  3. The dealer, or one who keeps the bank in a gambling house.
  4. A vessel employed in the cod fishery on the banks of Newfoundland.
  5. A ditcher; a drain digger.
  6. The stone bench on which a mason cuts or squares his work.
  7. (context, rail transport, UK, Australia) A railway locomotive temporarily attached to the rear of a train to assist the train to climb an incline. US: A helper engine.
Etymology: Germanic bank - bench. So called because in the Middle Ages they kept their piles of money on a bench.


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