Rank, adv. Rankly; stoutly; violently. [Obs.]
That rides so rank and bends his lance so fell. --Fairfax.
Rank a. [Compar. Ranker superl. Rankest.]
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.
4. Strong-scented; rancid; musty; as, oil of a rank smell; rank-smelling rue.
5. Strong to the taste. “Divers sea fowls taste rank of the fish on which they feed.”
6. Inflamed with venereal appetite. [Obs.]
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.
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, 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.
adj 1: very fertile; producing profuse growth; "rank earth"
2: very offensive in smell or taste; "a rank cigar"
3: 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" [syn: crying(a), egregious,
flagrant, glaring, gross]
4: complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes
used informally as intensifiers; "absolute freedom"; "an
absolute dimwit"; "a downright lie"; "out-and-out mayhem";
"an out-and-out lie"; "a rank outsider"; "many right-down
vices"; "got the job through sheer persistence"; "sheer
stupidity" [syn: absolute, downright, out-and-out(a),
rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)]
5: growing profusely; "rank jungle vegetation"
n 1: a row or line of people (especially soldiers or police)
standing abreast of one another; "the entrance was
guarded by ranks of policemen"
2: relative status; "his salary was determined by his rank and
3: 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" [syn: rank and file]
4: position in a social hierarchy; "the British are more aware
of social status than Americans are" [syn: social station,
social status, social rank]
5: 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" [syn:
v 1: take or have a position relative to others; "This painting
ranks among the best in the Western World"
2: assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these
students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food
guide" [syn: rate, range, order, grade, place]
3: take precedence or surpass others in rank [syn: outrank]