• WordNet 3.6
    • adj rank growing profusely "rank jungle vegetation"
    • adj rank 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"
    • adj rank 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"
    • adj rank very fertile; producing profuse growth "rank earth"
    • adj rank very offensive in smell or taste "a rank cigar"
    • v rank assign a rank or rating to "how would you rank these students?","The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
    • v rank take or have a position relative to others "This painting ranks among the best in the Western World"
    • v rank take precedence or surpass others in rank
    • n rank 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"
    • n rank 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"
    • n rank a row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another "the entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen"
    • n rank position in a social hierarchy "the British are more aware of social status than Americans are"
    • n rank relative status "his salary was determined by his rank and seniority"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged 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.
    • Rank (Mil) 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."
    • Rank 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."
    • Rank 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.
    • Rank Causing vigorous growth; producing luxuriantly; very rich and fertile; as, rank land.
    • Rank 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 ."
    • Rank Elevated grade or standing; high degree; high social position; distinction; eminence; as, a man of rank .
    • Rank Grade of official standing, as in the army, navy, or nobility; as, the rank of general; the rank of admiral.
    • Rank Inflamed with venereal appetite.
    • Rank 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."
    • Rank Raised to a high degree; violent; extreme; gross; utter; as, rank heresy. "Rank nonsense.""I do forgive thy rankest fault."
    • adv Rank Rankly; stoutly; violently. "That rides so rank and bends his lance so fell."
    • Rank Strong to the taste. "Divers sea fowls taste rank of the fish on which they feed."
    • Rank Strong-scented; rancid; musty; as, oil of a rank smell; rank-smelling rue.
    • Rank To be ranged; to be set or disposed, as in a particular degree, class, order, or division. "Let that one article rank with the rest."
    • Rank 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.
    • Rank To place abreast, or in a line.
    • Rank 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.""Poets were ranked in the class of philosophers.""Heresy is ranked with idolatry and witchcraft."
    • rank to set so as to take off a thick shaving.
    • Rank To take rank of; to outrank.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • rank Strong; powerful; capable of acting or of being used with great effect; energetic; vigorous; headstrong.
    • rank Strong of its kind or in character; unmitigated; virulent; thorough; utter: as, rank poison; rank treason; rank nonsense.
    • rank Strong in growth; growing with vigor or rapidity; hence, coarse or gross: said of plants.
    • rank Suffering from overgrowth or hypertrophy, plethoric.
    • rank Causing strong growth; producing luxuriantly; rich and fertile.
    • rank Strong to the senses; offensive; noisome; rancid: as, a rank taste or odor.
    • rank Hence Coarse or gross morally; offensive to the mind; obscene; indecent; foul.
    • rank Ruttish; in heat.
    • rank In law, excessive; exceeding the actual value: as, a rank modus.
    • rank In mech., cutting strongly or deeply, as the iron of a plane set so as to project more than usual.
    • rank Eager; anxious; impatient: as, he was rank to do it.
    • rank Very angry; in a passion.
    • rank Rankly; strongly; furiously.
    • rank To become rank.
    • n rank A line, row, or range.
    • n rank Specifically— One of the rows of a body of troops, or of any persons similarly ranged in a right-and-left line; a line of soldiers or other persons standing abreast in a formation: distinguished from file, 5. See rank and file, under file.
    • n rank Hence— plural The lines or divisions of an army or any armed force; organized soldiery; the body or class of common soldiers; as, the ranks are full; to rise from the ranks; to reduce an officer to the ranks.
    • n rank In organ-building, a row or set of pipes, one for each digital of the keyboard. A mixture-stop is said to be of two, three, four, or five ranks, according to the numbers of pipes sounded at once by a single digital.
    • n rank One of the lines of squares on a chess-board running from side to side, in distinction from the files, which run from player to player.
    • n rank A row, as of leaves on a stem.
    • n rank A continuous line or course; a stretch.
    • n rank A class, order, or grade of persons; any aggregate of individuals classed together for some common reason, as social station, occupation, character, or creed: as, the Prohibition ranks; the ranks of the Anarchists.
    • n rank Grade in a scale of comparison; class or classification: natural or acquired status; relative position; standing.
    • n rank Specifically, of persons— Titular distinction or dignity; gradation by hereditary, official, or other title: as, civil, judicial, or military rank; the rank of baron or marquis; the rank of general or admiral; the rank of ambassador or governor. The relative rank of officers of the United States army and navy is as follows: General ranks with admiral; lieutenant-general with vice-admiral; major-general with rear-admiral; brigadier-general with commodore; colonel with captain; lieutenant-colonel with commander; major with lieutenant-commander; captain with lieutenant(senior grade); first lieutenant with lieutenant (junior grade); second lieutenant with ensign.
    • n rank Eminent standing or dignity; especially, aristocratic station or hereditary distinction, as in European monarchies; inherited or conferred social eminence.
    • n rank A ranging or roving; hence, discursive wandering; divagation; aberration.
    • n rank In geometry, the degree of a locus of lines. The number of lines of a singly infinite system which cut any given line in tridimensional space.
    • rank To arrange in a rank or ranks; place in a rank or line.
    • rank To assign to a particular class, order, or division; fix the rank of; class.
    • rank To take rank of or over; outrank; as, in the United States army, an officer commissioned simply as general ranks all other generals.
    • rank To dispose in suitable order; arrange; classify.
    • rank To fix as to state or estimation; settle; establish.
    • rank To range; give the range to, as a gun in firing.
    • rank To move in ranks or rows.
    • rank Your cattle, too; Allah made them; serviceable dumb creatures; … they come ranking home at evening time.
    • rank To be ranged or disposed, as in a particular order, class, or division; hold rank or station; occupy a certain position as compared with others: as, to rank above, below, or with some other man.
    • rank To range; go or move about; hence, to bear one's self; behave.
    • rank In British law: To have rank or standing as a claim in bankruptcy or probate proceedings.
    • rank To put in a claim against the property of a bankrupt person or a deceased debtor: as, he ranked upon the estate.
    • rank Unmanageable: said of a racehorse on the track.
    • n rank Specifically, rank in the United States army according to date of last commission.
    • rank In logging, to haul and pile regularly: as, to rank bark or cord-wood.
    • n rank A name proposed by Perry for the thermodynamic quantity, .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Japan ranks Number 3 in the world for coffee consumption.
    • n Rank rangk a row or line, esp. of soldiers standing side by side: class or order: grade or degree: station: high social position or standing
    • v.t Rank to place in a line: to range in a particular class: to place methodically: to take rank over
    • v.i Rank to be placed in a rank or class: to have a certain degree of distinction: to be admitted as a claim against the property of a bankrupt
    • adj Rank rangk growing high and luxuriantly: coarse from excessive growth: raised to a high degree: excessive: very fertile: strong-scented: strong-tasted: rancid: utter, as rank nonsense: coarse: indecent: : : :
    • adv Rank (Spens.) rankly, fiercely
    • v.t Rank to irritate
    • adj Rank rangk (Shak.) ruttish
    • adj Rank rangk (slang) eager
    • adj Rank rangk (law) excessive
    • adj Rank rangk (mech.) cutting deeply
    • ***


  • 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.”
  • Germaine Greer
    “The sight of women talking together has always made men uneasy; nowadays it means rank subversion.”
  • Sydney Smith
    “A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.”


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.


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


In literature:

She ranks with the glorious sisterhood, who have gone to the rest of the sainted.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
The king ruled that officers of the army had no acknowledged rank in the Church.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Ranke thus describes Luther's person at this time.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Added to this was a brigade staff of five officers and 21 other ranks to be raised from all districts.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
Retired officers of the Army rank at the foot of active officers of the same grade; those of the Navy according to date of rank.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
He divided the people into four ranks or divisions, according to their wealth in land.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
There were three college fellows in the front ranks whom she had met.
"The Search" by Grace Livingston Hill
Despondency and discontent pervaded all ranks.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
He was my ranking sergeant, and now he's my ranking lieutenant.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
For this battle he was raised to the rank of Viscount.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various

In poetry:

We do rejoice, we do give thanks,
O blessed ones, for all your gain,
As dimly through these mists of pain
We catch the gleaming of your ranks.
"Easter" by Susan Coolidge
"Now haud thy tongue, thou rank reiver!
There's never a Scot shall set ye free:
Before ye cross my castle-yate,
I trow ye shall take farewell o me."
"Kinmont Willie" by Andrew Lang
My queen is old as the frosted whins,
Nay, how could her wrinkles charm me?
And the starving bones are bursting the skins
In the ranks of her ancient army.
"The Retort Discourteous" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Then--who shall tell how deep, how bright
The abyss of glory opened round?
How thought and feeling flowed like light,
Through ranks of being without bound?
"The Death Of Schiller" by William Cullen Bryant
For this, oh Father! we give Thee thanks,
By the little graves, and the tear-wet sod,
They stand before Thee in shining ranks,
And the little white souls are safe with God!
"A Baby's Death" by Kate Seymour Maclean
There are who think that Childhood does not share
With age the cup, the bitter cup, of care:
Alas! they know not this unhappy truth,
That every age, and rank, is born to ruth.
"Childhood" by Henry Kirke White

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In science:

When X0 is irreducible with one node, a factorization theorem was proved in [NR] for rank two and generalized to arbitrary rank in [Su].
Factorization of generalized theta functions at reducible case
More generally one can define rank(A) for any subset A ⊆ E as the rank of any maximal independent set in A.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
It seems that the class of simple C ∗ -algebras with tracial topological rank zero is the right substitute for class of quasidiagonal simple C ∗ -algebras with real rank zero, stable rank one and weakly unperforated K0 .
Classification of simple $C^*$-algebras of tracial topological rank zero
It was shown in [Ln9] that unital separable simple C ∗ -algebras which are inductive limits of type I C ∗ -algebras with real rank zero, stable rank one, weakly unperforated K0 and unique tracial states have tracial topological rank zero. N. C.
Classification of simple $C^*$-algebras of tracial topological rank zero
If we extend this definition of rank so that units have rank 1, it follows that the rank of a product α ∗ β , for α, β nonzero, is the product of the ranks of its factors.
Factorization of integers and arithmetic functions