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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bank \Bank\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Banked(b[a^][ng]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Banking.] 1. To raise a mound or dike about; to inclose, defend, or fortify with a bank; to embank. "Banked well with earth." --Holland. [1913 Webster] 2. To heap or pile up; as, to bank sand. [1913 Webster] 3. To pass by the banks of. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. (Engineering) To build (a roadway or railroad) with an inclination at a curve in the road, so as to counteract centrifugal forces acting on vehicles moving rapiudly around the curve, thus reducing the danger of vehicles overturning at a curve; as, the raceway was steeply banked at the curves. [PJC] To bank a fire, To bank up a fire, to cover the coals or embers with ashes or cinders, thus keeping the fire low but alive. [1913 Webster]