Definitions for: Rank


[n] the ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted soldiers of an army); "the strike was supported by the union rank and file"; "he rose from the ranks to become a colonel"
[n] the body of members of an organization or group; "they polled their membership"; "they found dissension in their own ranks"; "he joined the ranks of the unemployed"
[n] a row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another; "the entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen"
[n] position in a social hierarchy; "the British are more aware of social status than Americans are"
[n] relative status; "his salary was determined by his rank and seniority"
[adj] growing profusely; "rank jungle vegetation"
[adj] conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible; "a crying shame"; "an egregious lie"; "flagrant violation of human rights"; "a glaring error"; "gross ineptitude"; "gross injustice"; "rank treachery"
[adj] very fertile; producing profuse growth; "rank earth"
[adj] very offensive in smell or taste; "a rank cigar"
[v] assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
[v] take or have a position relative to others; "This painting ranks among the best in the Western World"
[v] take precedence or surpass others in rank



Webster (1913) Definition: Rank, a. [Compar. Ranker; superl. Rankest.] [AS. ranc
strong, proud; cf. D. rank slender, Dan. rank upright, erect,
Prov. G. rank slender, Icel. rakkr slender, bold. The meaning
seems to have been influenced by L. rancidus, E. rancid.]
1. Luxuriant in growth; of vigorous growth; exuberant; grown
to immoderate height; as, rank grass; rank weeds.

And, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one
stalk, rank and good. --Gen. xli. 5.

2. Raised to a high degree; violent; extreme; gross; utter;
as, rank heresy. ``Rank nonsense.'' --Hare. ``I do forgive
thy rankest fault.'' --Shak.

3. Causing vigorous growth; producing luxuriantly; very rich
and fertile; as, rank land. --Mortimer.

4. Strong-scented; rancid; musty; as, oil of a rank smell;
rank-smelling rue. --Spenser.

5. Strong to the taste. ``Divers sea fowls taste rank of the
fish on which they feed.'' --Boyle.

6. Inflamed with venereal appetite. [Obs.] --Shak.

Rank modus (Law), an excessive and unreasonable modus. See
Modus, 3.

To set (the iron of a plane, etc.) rank, to set so as to
take off a thick shaving. --Moxon.


Rank, adv.
Rankly; stoutly; violently. [Obs.]

That rides so rank and bends his lance so fell.
--Fairfax.


Rank, n. [OE. renk, reng, OF. renc, F. rang, fr. OHG.
hring a circle, a circular row, G. ring. See Ring, and cf.
Range, n. & v.]
1. A row or line; a range; an order; a tier; as, a rank of
osiers.

Many a mountain nigh Rising in lofty ranks, and
loftier still. --Byron.

2. (Mil.) A line of soldiers ranged side by side; -- opposed
to file. See 1st File, 1
(a) .

Fierce, fiery warriors fought upon the clouds,
In ranks and squadrons and right form of war.
--Shak.

3. Grade of official standing, as in the army, navy, or
nobility; as, the rank of general; the rank of admiral.

4. An aggregate of individuals classed together; a permanent
social class; an order; a division; as, ranks and orders
of men; the highest and the lowest ranks of men, or of
other intelligent beings.

5. Degree of dignity, eminence, or excellence; position in
civil or social life; station; degree; grade; as, a writer
of the first rank; a lawyer of high rank.

These all are virtues of a meaner rank. --Addison.

6. Elevated grade or standing; high degree; high social
position; distinction; eminence; as, a man of rank.

Rank and file.
(a) (Mil.) The whole body of common soldiers, including
also corporals. In a more extended sense, it includes
sergeants also, excepting the noncommissioned staff.


(b) See under 1st File.

The ranks, the order or grade of common soldiers; as, to
reduce a noncommissioned officer to the ranks.

To fill the ranks, to supply the whole number, or a
competent number.

To take rank of, to have precedence over, or to have the
right of taking a higher place than.


Rank, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ranked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Ranking,]
1. To place abreast, or in a line.

2. To range in a particular class, order, or division; to
class; also, to dispose methodically; to place in suitable
classes or order; to classify.

Ranking all things under general and special heads.
--I. Watts.

Poets were ranked in the class of philosophers.
--Broome.

Heresy is ranked with idolatry and witchcraft. --Dr.
H. More.

3. To take rank of; to outrank. [U.S.]


Rank, v. i.
1. To be ranged; to be set or disposed, an in a particular
degree, class, order, or division.

Let that one article rank with the rest. --Shak.

2. To have a certain grade or degree of elevation in the
orders of civil or military life; to have a certain degree
of esteem or consideration; as, he ranks with the first
class of poets; he ranks high in public estimation.

Synonyms: abundant, conspicuous, crying(a), egregious, fertile, flagrant, glaring, grade, gross, membership, obvious, offensive, order, outrank, place, range, rank and file, rate, social rank, social station, social status

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