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English Dictionary: rank by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
rank
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"
    Synonym(s): crying(a), egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross, rank
  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"
    Synonym(s): 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 seniority"
  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"
    Synonym(s): rank and file, rank
  4. position in a social hierarchy; "the British are more aware of social status than Americans are"
    Synonym(s): social station, social status, social rank, 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"
    Synonym(s): membership, rank
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"
    Synonym(s): rate, rank, range, order, grade, place
  3. take precedence or surpass others in rank
    Synonym(s): rank, outrank
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rank \Rank\, a. [Compar. {Ranker}; superl. {Rankest}.] [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. 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. [bd]Rank nonsense.[b8] --Hare. [bd]I do
            forgive thy rankest fault.[b8] --Shak.
  
      3. Causing vigorous growth; producing luxuriantly; very rich
            and fertile; as, rank land. --Mortimer.
  
      4. Strong-scented; rancid; musty; as, oil of a rank smell;
            rank-smelling rue. --Spenser.
  
      5. Strong to the taste. [bd]Divers sea fowls taste rank of
            the fish on which they feed.[b8] --Boyle.
  
      6. Inflamed with venereal appetite. [Obs.] --Shak.
  
      {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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rank \Rank\, v. i.
      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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rank \Rank\, adv.
      Rankly; stoutly; violently. [Obs.]
  
               That rides so rank and bends his lance so fell.
                                                                              --Fairfax.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rank \Rank\, n. [OE. renk, reng, OF. renc, F. rang, fr. OHG.
      hring a circle, a circular row, G. ring. See {Ring}, and cf.
      {Range}, n. & v.]
      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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rank \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.]
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