Definition of Rank

1. Noun. A row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another. "The entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen"

Generic synonyms: Line
Member holonyms: End Man

2. Verb. Take or have a position relative to others. "This painting ranks among the best in the Western World"
Specialized synonyms: Come In, Come Out, Place, Come
Generic synonyms: Be
Derivative terms: Ranker, Ranker, Ranking

3. Adjective. Very fertile; producing profuse growth. "Rank earth"
Similar to: Fertile
Derivative terms: Rankness

4. Noun. Relative status. "His salary was determined by his rank and seniority"

5. Verb. Assign a rank or rating to. "Sam and Sue rank the movie "; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"

6. Adjective. Very offensive in smell or taste. "A rank cigar"
Similar to: Offensive
Derivative terms: Rankness

7. Noun. The ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted soldiers of an army). "He rose from the ranks to become a colonel"
Exact synonyms: Rank And File
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Generic synonyms: Force, Personnel
Member holonyms: Enlisted Man

8. Verb. Take precedence or surpass others in rank.
Exact synonyms: Outrank
Generic synonyms: Excel, Stand Out, Surpass

9. Adjective. Conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible. "Rank treachery"
Exact synonyms: Crying, Egregious, Flagrant, Glaring, Gross
Similar to: Conspicuous

10. Noun. Position in a social hierarchy. "The British are more aware of social status than Americans are"
Exact synonyms: Social Rank, Social Station, Social Status
Generic synonyms: Position, Status
Specialized synonyms: Place, Station, Quality

11. Adjective. Complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers. "Sheer stupidity"
Exact synonyms: Absolute, Downright, Out-and-out, Right-down, Sheer
Similar to: Complete
Derivative terms: Absoluteness

12. Noun. The body of members of an organization or group. "He joined the ranks of the unemployed"
Exact synonyms: Membership
Generic synonyms: Body
Group relationships: Organisation, Organization
Derivative terms: Member, Member

13. Adjective. Growing profusely. "Rank jungle vegetation"
Similar to: Abundant
Derivative terms: Rankness

Definition of Rank

1. a. Luxuriant in growth; of vigorous growth; exuberant; grown to immoderate height; as, rank grass; rank weeds.

2. adv. Rankly; stoutly; violently.

3. n. A row or line; a range; an order; a tier; as, a rank of osiers.

4. v. t. To place abreast, or in a line.

5. v. i. To be ranged; to be set or disposed, as in a particular degree, class, order, or division.

Definition of Rank

1. Adjective. (obsolete) Strong; powerful; capable of acting or being used with great effect; energetic; vigorous; headstrong. ¹

2. Adjective. Strong of its kind or in character; unmitigated; virulent; thorough; utter. ¹

3. Adjective. Strong in growth; growing with vigour or rapidity, hence, coarse or gross. ¹

4. Adjective. Suffering from overgrowth or hypertrophy; plethoric. ¹

5. Adjective. Causing strong growth; producing luxuriantly; rich and fertile. ¹

6. Adjective. Strong to the senses; offensive; noisome. ¹

7. Adjective. Having a very strong and bad taste or odor. ¹

8. Adjective. (informal) Gross, disgusting. ¹

9. Adjective. Complete, used as an intensifier (usually negative, referring to incompetence). ¹

10. Adverb. (obsolete) Quickly, eagerly, impetuously. ¹

11. Noun. A row of people or things organized in a grid pattern, often soldiers [the corresponding term for the perpendicular columns in such a pattern is "file"]. ¹

12. Noun. One's position in a list sorted by a shared property such as physical location, population, or quality ¹

13. Noun. a level in an organization such as the military ¹

14. Noun. (context: taxonomy) a level in a scientific taxonomy system ¹

15. Noun. (linear algebra) maximal number of linearly independent columns (or rows) of a matrix. ¹

16. Noun. (computing) The dimensionality of an array. ¹

17. Verb. to give a person, place, thing, or idea a rank ¹

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Definition of Rank

1. strong and disagreeable in odor or taste [adj RANKER, RANKEST] / to determine the relative position of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Rank

1. 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." . "I do forgive thy rankest fault." 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. Rank modus, an excessive and unreasonable modus. See Modus. To set (the iron of a plane, etc) rank, to set so as to take off a thick shaving. Origin: 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. 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. A line of soldiers ranged side by side; opposed to file. See 1st File, 1 . "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. The whole body of common soldiers, including also corporals. In a more extended sense, it includes sergeants also, excepting the noncommissioned staff. See 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. Origin: OE. Renk, reng, OF. Renc, F. Rang, fr. OHG. Hring a circle, a circular row, G. Ring. See Ring, and cf. Range, &. 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. Origin: Ranked; Ranking. 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rank

rangpur lime
ranine artery
ranine tumour
rank (current term)
rank-difference correlation
rank-difference correlation coefficient
rank-order correlation
rank-order correlation coefficient
rank and file
rank and yank
rank order

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