One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action or an act of overbanking.
1That is over or above the bank (of a river, etc.); that overflows or has overflowed the edge of a river bank.
2Gunnery. Designating or relating to a kind of gun carriage for muzzle-loading guns which enables the gun to be fired over a parapet. Now historical and rare.
1with object To bank (an aircraft) too much when making a turn; to bank too much in the performance of (a turn).
2no object Of an aircraft or its pilot: to bank too much.
with object To found or provide too many banks or banking facilities in (a place).
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Arthur William Judge (b. 1887). From overbank<br>mid 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Rutherford (c1600–1661), Church of Scotland minister and political theorist. From over- + bank<br>mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From over- + bank<br>early 20th century; earliest use found in The American Economic Review. From over- + bank.
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