• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Rankly With rank or vigorous growth; luxuriantly; hence, coarsely; grossly; as, weeds grow rankly .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Despite the break up of the USSR, Russia is still the largest country in the world. It’s almost twice the size of Canada, which ranks second.
    • rankly With great strength or force; fiercely; rampantly.
    • rankly In an excessive manner or degree; inordinately; intensely; profusely; exuberantly: as, rankly poisonous; rankly treasonable; weeds that grow rankly.
    • rankly Offensively; noisomely; fetidly.
    • rankly Grossly; foully.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1996, people in the United States sent and received 182,660,700,000 pieces of mail domestically. By way of comparison, Japan ranked second on this list with just 24,971,279,000.
    • adv Rankly offensively: to an inordinate degree
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  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks.”
  • John J. Ingalls
    John J. Ingalls
    “In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Those who shine in the second rank, are eclipsed by the first.”
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
    “In all ranks of life the human heart yearns for the beautiful; and the beautiful things that God makes are his gift to all alike.”
  • James Allen
    “To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “If you modestly enjoy your fame you are not unworthy to rank with the holy.”


Close ranks - If members of an organisation close ranks, they show support for each other publicly, especially when being criticised. It is a military term- when soldiers close ranks, they stand closer together so that it is difficult to pass through them.
Pull rank - A person of higher position or in authority pulls rank, he or she exercises his/her authority, generally ending any discussion and ignoring other people's views.
Rank and file - The rank and file are the ordinary members of a company, organisation, etc, excluding the managers and directors.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ranc, fruitful, rank; Ice. rakkr, bold, Dan. rank, lank, slender.


In literature:

Bland became 2nd in command with the rank of Major, and Captain R. Hastings and Lieut.
"The Fifth Leicestershire" by J.D. Hills
In point of mineral wealth Loudoun ranks with the foremost counties of the State.
"History and Comprehensive Description of Loudoun County, Virginia" by James W. Head
Dining should be ranked among the fine arts.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
Corsica remains in the ranks of conquered provinces; but Paoli must always be in the ranks of great men.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
For signal service he was rewarded by knighthood and the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.
"Lady Rosamond's Secret" by Rebecca Agatha Armour
The guard presented the customary salute due General Leman's rank.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of 12)"
Do the ranks in these tests correspond to the students' ranks in thinking in the school subjects?
"The Science of Human Nature" by William Henry Pyle
In the vulgar ranks of this democracy must march sooner or later four million negroes but yesterday from the jungles of Africa.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
By no manner the same thing, this, as getting drafts to fill up the ranks of the 29th.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
When any front rank man is absent his rear rank man steps up in the front rank.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey

In poetry:

'Tis God I need, not rank in good:
'Tis Life, not honour's meed;
With him to fill my every mood,
I am content indeed.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
But the far beaches saw their ranks
Gather and greet and grow
By myriads on the naked banks
Watching their sign to go;
"The Flight" by Rudyard Kipling
And wife, soft hearted creature,
Seems a saying in my ear,
"I'd rather have you in those ranks
Than see you Brigadier."
"A Rainy Day in Camp" by Anonymous Americas
Condemned to toil were all the race;
But is it thus with all?
The gilded idler struts apace
Mid rank and pomp and ball.
"The Youthful Villager And The Hermit" by James Madison Bell
By sweet Chautauqua's flow'ry banks
We love to sing and play,
But should we spy a foeman's ranks!
We'd proudly run away!
"Pacifist War Song - 1917" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Oh, rank is good, and gold is fair,
And high and low mate ill;
But love has never known a law
Beyond its own sweet will!
"Amy Wentworth" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Two Grady County wrestlers have been ranked nationally ranked in their respective weight classes, according to the Wrestling Insider News Magazine 2012-13 preseason rankings.
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Rank: 24 (2005 rank: 18) Get quote: NTT Employees: 199,113.
Lastly, we included the number of top-ranked four-year colleges in the state from Forbes' annual college rankings.
Orange Conf Rank CBK Rank.
Ott Conf Rank NHL Rank.
The 18th-ranked Bulldogs (10-3) and 12th-ranked Spartans (10-3) will play in the Jan 2 bowl in Tampa, a matchup of 10-win teams that had a chance to earn berths in the Bowl Championship Series.
One of the nation's leading college ranking groups fails to keep actual LGBT students in mind when ranking the most gay-friendly campuses.
Rank Science and Technology Schools Overall Score 100% Rank 1999.
Utah currently ranks seventh in the nation when it comes to the overall health of its residents, the same spot it held in last year's rankings.
Billick's Power Rankings: Week 15 Posted: Dec 11, 2012 Brian Billick breaks down his Week 15 NFL power rankings.
Sac Conf Rank NBA Rank.
Sac Conf Rank NBA Rank.
Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting , and according to Boy Scouts of America, only five percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank, and the average age to do so is 17.
Redhawks Conf Rank CBK Rank.
Lions Conf Rank CBK Rank.

In science:

This makes it much harder to decide when a unital simple separable C ∗ -algebra is rationally tracial rank one. A closely related problem is whether a unital separable simple C ∗ -algebra with finite tracial rank is in fact of tracial rank at most one.
On Local AH algebras
Fourth, and more generally, given a rank parameter k , one can define the statistical leverage scores relative to the best rank-k approximation to A to be the m diagonal elements of the pro jection matrix onto the span of the columns of Ak , the best rank-k approximation to A.
Randomized algorithms for matrices and data
The resulting smaller matrix has size a− rank (B )− rank (C ) and must be of maximum rank because its determinant is nonzero.
A Geometric Approach to Matrix Ordering
Therefore, it is necessary that e ≤ d ⇐⇒ a − rank (B ) − rank (C ) − d ≤ d ⇐⇒ a − 2 d ≤ rank (B ) + rank (C ) ⇐⇒ (b + c + d) − 2 d ≤ rank (B ) + rank (C ), from which eqn (4.2) follows.
A Geometric Approach to Matrix Ordering
It was shown in [PR04, Proposition 5.7] that if A is a unital C ∗ -algebra of real rank zero then A admits a unital embedding of a finite dimensional C ∗ -algebra of rank at least n if and only if rank(A) ≥ n.
Divisibility properties for C*-algebras