Rank

Definition of Rank

Pronunciation: răņkt
a.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.
3.Causing vigorous growth; producing luxuriantly; very rich and fertile; as, rank land.
4.Strong-scented; rancid; musty; as, oil of a rank smell; rank-smelling rue.
5.Strong to the taste.
6.Inflamed with venereal appetite.
Rank modus
(Law) an excessive and unreasonable modus. See Modus, 3.
To set
to set so as to take off a thick shaving.
- Moxon.
adv.1.Rankly; stoutly; violently.
That rides so rank and bends his lance so fell.
- Fairfax.
n.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).
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.
v. t.1.To place abreast, or in a line.
[imp. & p. p. Ranked (răņkt); p. pr. & vb. n. Ranking.]
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.
v. i.1.To be ranged; to be set or disposed, as 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.

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