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.
Rank·er n. One who ranks, or disposes in ranks; one who arranges.
n 1: a commissioned officer who has been promoted from enlisted
2: an enlisted soldier who serves in the ranks of the armed