The ranks


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • The ranks the order or grade of common soldiers; as, to reduce a noncommissioned officer to the ranks .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • 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.
    • The ranks the order of common soldiers
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  • W. H. Auden
    “The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks.”
  • 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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. renc (Fr. rang)—Old High Ger. hring or hrinc, Eng. ring.


In literature:

It should be stated that at that time the rank of captain was the highest in the navy.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
I recognized our regiment by the little gray pony the old colonel rode, and hurried to my place in the ranks.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
Nevertheless, they enjoy the full confidence of the public, who rank the ignorant native far above the educated foreigner.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
But he declared that he was as poor as the meanest soldier in the ranks.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
He rose rapidly to the rank of captain and then to that of admiral.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
First Lieutenant Hampton and the sergeants hastened to their posts, while the corporals and privates went to their places in the ranks.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
Only about thirty of the original battalion that fought on the retreat from Mons remained in the ranks.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Louis Botha, promoted to the rank of "Fighting General," was second in command.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
Today, the superior grades of Porto Rican coffees rank among the best growths known to the trade.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
You take your place in the ranks, nervous, excited, and trembling at you know not what.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Very few are to be found in the ranks of the former; but many in those of the latter.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
For of a sudden a horseman, who had ridden in the ranks, his face shaded by a helmet, leaped to the front.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
The rank-growing Rotundifolias of the southern states need much room, nine by sixteen feet being none too much.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
The ranking portion of this interesting church is its choir, larger in superficial area than the entire cathedrals of Noyon or Soissons.
"The Cathedrals of Northern France" by Francis Miltoun
The Silver Issue of 1896 created a division in the ranks of the Republican party which dissolved many of its women's clubs.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
It was thus that the Prince drove, not between the ranks of an army of soldiers, but through the ranks of the army of labour.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
Zhivkov was then an unknown functionary who had risen from the ranks of the Sofia party structure.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Then the roar that went up from the ranks of our warriors was as the roar of an army of lions.
"The White Shield" by Bertram Mitford
The bloodthirsty shout rolled through the ranks fiercer and fiercer till the wild roaring chorus was deafening.
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
Congress shortly afterwards appointed him an engineer, with the rank of colonel.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving

In poetry:

It will not do to stand aside;
Rank has its duties, as its dues;
The latter will we not refuse,
If met with anything but pride.
"True Nobility" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
"She's fairest, and you the bravest,
With love for a joining band,
Shall rank equal with the noblest
That walks in our Fatherland."
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke
Songs, march! and in rank by rank
The low, wild verses go,
To watch the graves where the grass is dank,
And the martyrs sleep below.
"Sentinel Songs" by Abram Joseph Ryan
And if one pleasure lure me still—
Just one—I scarcely can but thank,
'Twere wisdom not to linger till
It, like the rest, be rank.
"Free" by Alfred Austin
Here, midst our ranks, with joy we view
The captive from his chains set free;
His altered mien,—his feelings new,
We all with grateful pleasure see;
No more he drains the deadly bowl;
The healing fount hath made him whole.
"Ode" by John Pierpont
On the trampled breast of the battle plain
Where the foremost ranks had wrestled,
On his pale, pure face not a mark of pain,
(His mother dreams they will meet again)
The fairest form amid all the slain,
Like a child asleep he nestled.
"In Memory Of My Brother" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

Rick Scott Joins the Ranks of the New Republican Governors Who've Torqued Everybody Off.
Understandably, many in the GOP didn't want to believe they had traitors in the ranks.
He rose through the ranks, eventually becoming commander of the Army of Tennessee.
But several factors helped push the US down the rankings.
Some of the most original and innovative mobile software development is often found in the ranks of local government.
2 in The Associated Press college football poll, moving to the top of the rankings after Oregon and Kansas State were upset Saturday night.
In other news Wednesday, thousands of Congolese soldiers and policemen defected and joined the ranks of rebel fighters who earlier this week seized control of the city of Goma.
As the newspaper industry consolidates, the ranks of independent newspapers are thinning.
Two years of resignations and layoffs have cut deeply into the ranks of Payson teachers and classified staff, but left the ranks of administration almost untouched.
On Aug 28, Michael Rogers, son of James and Mariruth Rogers, grandson of Jack Rogers and the late Dr Mary Ann S Rogers, earned the rank of Eagle Scout from Troop 121 at St John's United Methodist Church.
Week 6 brought some shakeups near the top of the rankings.
Senator Jim Bunning says he is encouraged by the support he is now seeing within the ranks of Kentucky Republican activists.
The rankings were discussed by the Flint Riverkeepers during a meeting in Albany on Tuesday night.
The ranking Democrats on the Appropriations, Budget, Education and the Workforce and Energy and Commerce committees are also all men.
The Lady Raiders came close, but were not able to knock their rival Starkville Academy from the top spot in the rankings.

In science:

If β has rank b, then the rank of α ∗ β is the least n for which (a ∗ b)(n) 6= 0.
Factorization of integers and arithmetic functions
Therefore it would be possible that the rank is sixteen even after the rank is reduced by one due to the tachyon condensation.
Properties of String Theory on Kaluza-Klein Melvin Background
Note that if g ∈ G is semisimple regular, then the there are at most dr solutions to xd = g (where r is the rank of G) – for xd = g implies that x ∈ CG (g), a maximal torus of rank r .
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
We assume that the lemma has been proved for all simple Lie algebras of rank less than the rank of g.
Unique decomposition of tensor products of irreducible representations of simple algebraic groups
Corollary 6.2, we know that the rank of the K -groups of A is equal to rank ker(∧∗A − I).
$C^\ast$-algebras from Anzai flows and their $K$-groups
Condition (c) also holds as Ri is indecomposable.(cid:3) We define the rank of Ri to be the rank of finite root system ¯Ri .
Generalized reductive Lie algberas
The rank of a set X ⊆ E is defined as ̺(X ) = max{|Y | : (Y ∈ F ) ∧ (Y ⊆ X )}, the rank of the set system (E , F ) is defined as ̺(F ) = ̺(E ).
Quasi-concave functions on antimatroids
We denote the rank function of MC by r and the rank function of C by rC .
Semimatroids and their Tutte polynomials
Proposition 3.1 shows that the rank function r extends to a matroid rank function on 2S , which we will also call r.
Semimatroids and their Tutte polynomials
The k -rank of G is called simply the rank of the group G.
Arithmetic of algebraic groups
The numerical rank is always bounded by, and is a stable relaxation of, the rank of A.
Sampling from large matrices: an approach through geometric functional analysis
As a trivial example, if A is not of full rank then the dimension n is useless compared to the rank of A.
Sampling from large matrices: an approach through geometric functional analysis
The basic strategy is to relate the rank of Qn with the rank of Qn+1 .
Random symmetric matrices are almost surely non-singular
By construction, the rank of the pro jection of X to V is constant on A, which however does not imply that that the pro jection of A itself to V is a constant rank map.
On o-minimality of extensions of $\R$ by restricted generic smooth functions
The rank two non–locally free aCM sheaves are described as extensions of rank one aCM sheaves (see section 4).
Maximal Cohen-Macaulay Modules over the Affine Cone of the Simple Node