Bank vs Blank - What's the difference?

bank | blank |

As a noun bank

is bench, pew.

As a verb blank is




Alternative forms

* (all obsolete)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) banke, from (etyl) .


(en noun)
  • An institution where one can place and borrow money and take care of financial affairs.
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  • A branch office of such an institution.
  • An underwriter or controller of a card game; also banque .
  • A fund from deposits or contributions, to be used in transacting business; a joint stock or capital.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Let it be no bank or common stock, but every man be master of his own money.
  • (gambling) The sum of money etc. which the dealer or banker has as a fund from which to draw stakes and pay losses.
  • In certain games, such as dominos, a fund of pieces from which the players are allowed to draw.
  • A safe and guaranteed place of storage for and retrieval of important items or goods.
  • A device used to store coins or currency.
  • If you want to buy a bicycle, you need to put the money in your piggy bank .
    * (controller of a card game) banker
    Derived terms
    * bankability * bankable * bank account * bank agent * bank balance * bank bill * bank book * bank card * bank charges * bank cheque * bank clerk * bank draft * banker * bank giro * bank holiday * bank interest * bank loan * bank manager * banknote * bank of deposit * bank of issue * bank paper * bank rate * bank reserves * bank statement * bank stock * blood bank * bottle bank * break the bank * banking * bankroll * central bank * clearing bank * cry all the way to the bank * databank * food bank * investment bank * * joint-stock bank * laugh all the way to the bank * memory bank * merchant bank * national bank * peat bank * penny bank * piggy bank * pot bank * prime bank * private bank * reserve bank * savings bank * sperm bank * spoil bank * state bank * stopbank * take it to the bank * trustee savings bank * World Bank


    (en verb)
  • To deal with a bank or financial institution.
  • He banked with Barclays.
  • To put into a bank .
  • I'm going to bank the money.
    Derived terms
    * bank on

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) banke, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (hydrology) An edge of river, lake, or other watercourse.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Tiber trembled underneath her banks .
  • * 2014 , Ian Jack, " Is this the end of Britishness", The Guardian , 16 September 2014:
  • Just upstream of Dryburgh Abbey, a reproduction of a classical Greek temple stands at the top of a wooded hillock on the river’s north bank .
  • (nautical, hydrology) 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).
  • the banks of Newfoundland
  • (geography) A slope of earth, sand, etc.; an embankment.
  • (aviation) The incline of an aircraft, especially during a turn.
  • (rail transport) An incline, a hill.
  • A mass noun for a quantity of clouds.
  • The bank of clouds on the horizon announced the arrival of the predicted storm front.
  • (mining) The face of the coal at which miners are working.
  • (mining) A deposit of ore or coal, worked by excavations above water level.
  • (mining) The ground at the top of a shaft.
  • Ores are brought to bank .
    Derived terms
    * bank up * clay-bank * cloud bank * embank * embankment * land bank * Left Bank * left-bank * oyster bank * right-bank * river bank * sand bank * sea bank * West Bank


    (en verb)
  • (aviation) To roll or incline laterally in order to turn.
  • To cause (an aircraft) to bank .
  • To form into a bank or heap, to bank up.
  • to bank sand
  • To cover the embers of a fire with ashes in order to retain heat.
  • To raise a mound or dike about; to enclose, defend, or fortify with a bank; to embank.
  • * Holland
  • banked well with earth
  • (obsolete) To pass by the banks of.
  • (Shakespeare)

    Etymology 3

    (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A row or panel of items stored or grouped together.
  • a bank of switches
    a bank of pay phones
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  • A row of keys on a musical keyboard or the equivalent on a typewriter keyboard.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (order and arrangement) To arrange or order in a row.
  • Etymology 4

    Probably from (etyl) banc. Of German origin, and akin to English bench.


    (en noun)
  • A bench, as for rowers in a galley; also, a tier of oars.
  • * Waller
  • Placed on their banks , the lusty Trojans sweep / Neptune's smooth face, and cleave the yielding deep.
  • A bench or seat for judges in court.
  • 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)
  • (archaic, printing) A kind of table used by printers.
  • (music) A bench, or row of keys belonging to a keyboard, as in an organ.
  • (Knight)
  • (uncountable) slang for money
  • Anagrams

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  • (archaic) White or pale; without colour.
  • * Milton
  • To the blank moon / Her office they prescribed.
  • Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in; as, blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot.
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  • (figurative) Lacking characteristics which give variety; uniform.
  • a blank''' desert; a '''blank''' wall; '''blank unconsciousness
  • Absolute; downright; unmixed; sheer.
  • blank terror
  • Without expression.
  • Failing to understand the question, he gave me a blank stare.
  • Utterly confounded or discomfited.
  • * Milton
  • Adam astonied stood, and blank .
  • Empty; void; without result; fruitless.
  • a blank day
  • Devoid of thoughts, memory, or inspiration. (rfex)
  • Descendants


    (en noun)
  • A cartridge that is designed to simulate the noise and smoke of real gunfire without actually firing a projectile.
  • An empty space; a void, as on a paper, or in one's memory.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • I cannot write a paper full, I used to do; and yet I will not forgive a blank of half an inch from you.
  • * Hallam
  • From this time there ensues a long blank in the history of French legislation.
  • * George Eliot
  • I was ill. I can't tell how long — it was a blank .
  • A space to be filled in on a form or template.
  • A paper without marks or characters, or with space left for writing; a ballot, form, contract, etc. that has not yet been filled in.
  • * Palfrey
  • The freemen signified their approbation by an inscribed vote, and their dissent by a blank .
  • A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated.
  • * Dryden
  • In Fortune's lottery lies / A heap of blanks , like this, for one small prize.
  • (archaic) A kind of base silver money, first coined in England by Henry V., and worth about 8 pence; also, a French coin of the seventeenth century, worth about 4 pence.
  • (Nares)
  • (engineering) A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.
  • (dominoes) A piece or division of a piece, without spots; as, the double blank"; the six blank." In blank, with an essential portion to be supplied by another; as, to make out a check in blank.
  • The space character; the character resulting from pressing the space-bar on a keyboard.
  • The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot; hence, the object to which anything is directed.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Let me still remain / The true blank of thine eye.
  • Aim; shot; range.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I have stood within the blank of his displeasure / For my free speech.
  • (chemistry) A sample for a control experiment that does not contain any of the analyte of interest, in order to deliberately produce a non-detection to verify that a detection is distinguishable from it.
  • Synonyms

    * (sense, bullet that doesn't harm) blank cartridge, blank bullet


    (en verb)
  • To make void; to erase.
  • I blanked out my previous entry.
  • (slang) To ignore.
  • She blanked me for no reason.
  • To prevent from scoring, as in a sporting event.
  • The team was blanked .
  • To become blank.
  • Usage notes

    * Almost any sense of this can occur with (out). See (blank out).

    Derived terms

    * blank canvas * blank check * blank end * blankly * blankness * blank out * blank verse ----