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[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

Misc. Definitions

\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.
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.

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