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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 the ranks

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rank, 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).
 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.