DICT.TW Dictionary Taiwan

Search for: [Show options]

[Pronunciation] [Help] [Database Info] [Server Info]

1 definition found

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.