To bank a fire
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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