• WordNet 3.6
    • n rankness the attribute of having a strong offensive smell
    • n rankness the property of producing abundantly and sustaining vigorous and luxuriant growth "he praised the richness of the soil","weeds lovely in their rankness"
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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.
    • n Rankness The condition or quality of being rank.
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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.
    • n rankness Physical strength; effective force; potency.
    • n rankness Strength of kind, quality, or degree, in a disparaging sense; hence, extravagance; excess; grossness; repulsiveness: as, rankness of growth; the rankness of a poison, or of one's pride or pretensions.
    • n rankness Insolence; presumption.
    • n rankness Strength of growth; rapid or excessive increase; exuberance; extravagance; excess, as of plants, or of the wood of trees. Rankness is a condition often incident to fruit-trees in gardens and orchards, in consequence of which great shoots or feeders are given out with little or no bearing wood. Excessive richness of soil and a too copious supply of manure are generally the inducing causes.
    • n rankness Excessive fertility; exuberant productiveness, as of soil.
    • n rankness Offensive or noisome smell or taste; repulsiveness to the senses.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Japan ranks Number 3 in the world for coffee consumption.
    • n Rankness exuberant growth:
    • n Rankness (Shak.) insolence
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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.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “There are books which take rank in your life with parents and lovers and passionate experiences, so medicinal, so stringent, so revolutionary, so authoritative.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.”
  • 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.”


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


In literature:

Did you remember to invite Doctor Rank?
"A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen
It is altogether likely that one who pierces the air like an eagle should bear messages between generals of the first rank.
"The Forest of Swords" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Thus far the uniforms were all alike; but there were distinguishing insignia to indicate the rank of each.
"Outward Bound" by Oliver Optic
Fiercely rained the bullets from rank to rank.
"French and English" by Evelyn Everett-Green
In the war of the Revolution, Washington held the rank of General, and in 1798 the rank of Lieutenant-general.
"Elements of Military Art and Science" by Henry Wager Halleck
They vary in form according to the rank of the nobleman.
"The Manual of Heraldry; Fifth Edition" by Anonymous
In the sixteenth century they ranked, as they still rank, among the proudest nobles of the Eternal City.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
And that was the Boston massacre about which you have heard so much that it would almost seem to rank with that of St. Bartholomew.
"American Men of Action" by Burton E. Stevenson
The news spread rapidly from rank to rank, carrying alarm wherever it came.
"Historical Tales, Vol 5 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The ranks of the victors were broken up by private dissensions.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout

In poetry:

And many a bearded Saracen
Went down, both horse and man;
For through their ranks we rode like corn,
So furiously we ran!
"The Heart Of The Bruce" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
Yet, in thy history I see
Full many a great soul's lot;
Who joins that martyr-army's ranks,
That the world knoweth not; —
"On A Picture Of Harvey Birch" by Anne C Lynch
"He forgets his rank so princely,
To his grievous harm and loss;
A trap for his youth so tender
Is laid by the damsel Fos."
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke
None but he who did create us
Could redeem from sin and hell;
None but he could reinstate us
In the rank from which we fell.
"A Christmas Hymn" by Hannah More
For lo, when through the vapours dank,
Morn shone on Ettrick fair,
A corpse amid the alders rank,
The Palmer welter'd there.
"The Palmer" by Sir Walter Scott
Your serried ranks have never quailed
Before the battle-shock,
Whose maddest fury beats and breaks
Like foam against the rock.
"Beechenbrook - VII" by Margaret Junkin Preston

In news:

Has received high rankings in the US News Media Group and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings report.
The Sporting News ranked all the coaches in the NFL from 1-32 and Cowboys boy wonder Jason Garrett ranked 23rd on the list.
The Hawkeyes , ranked No 27 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished with a tournament-record score of 24-under 840 at Finkbine Golf Course.
But we got this classic recently in our AFC East inbox after ranking the Miami Dolphins second behind the New England Patriots in our division Power Rankings.
Hopping Kovach Grinnel Design Consultants State: Canada Rank 2012: 155 Rank 2011: 176.
Rank in Internet Services and Retailing: 4 (Previous rank: N.A.
7.25 Top 50 rank: 37** Rank in Soaps and Cosmetics*: 2.
Country Rank Company Global 500 rank City Revenues ($ millions).
The UCLA Bruins were 3-0, ranked in the top 20 and already had a signature win over a ranked Nebraska squad.
1 Alabama Crimson Tide, who are coming off a home win against a Top-20 opponent Mississippi State, have a tough test Saturday against another highly-ranked opponent in the fifth-ranked LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium.
Maryland will play its first game of the season against a ranked opponent on Saturday when it travels to face interstate rival West Virginia, which is ranked No.
Pioneers Conf Rank CBK Rank.
Bearkats Conf Rank CBK Rank.
Scarlet Knights Conf Rank CBK Rank.
Lumberjacks Conf Rank CBK Rank.

In science:

Hk (S ) ≤ rank Hk (T ). (ii) In the constructible case, for (4.5.1) and for every 1 ≤ k ≤ m − 1, ψk and φk are isomorphisms, in particular rank Hk (S ) = rank Hk (T ).
Bounding Betti Numbers of Sets Definable in O-Minimal Structures Over the Reals
Simplify T using Algorithm 2.5. (2) Compute the first homology of T , and let r, t2 and t3 denote the rank, Z2 rank and Z3 rank respectively. (3) Create an input list L of triangulations to process, initial ly containing just T , and an output list O of prime summands, initial ly empty.
Computational topology with Regina: Algorithms, heuristics and implementations
However, if rank(A) = rank(B ) = 2 then rank(CAdA ◦Φ◦AdB ) ≥ 2, so AdA ◦ Φ ◦ AdB 6= id in this case as well.
Generation of Mapping Cones from Small Sets
Remark that the G-co-rank of H is inferior or equal to n, since if the co-rank is superior to n the first stage of the proof shows that we can construct a chain of G-free prime ideals of length strictly greater than n and whose G-co-rank is strictly decreasing.
Some properties of schemes in group theory and Top couples
Suppose that the G-rank of G/P0 is strictly inferior to n; this implies that there exists, i ≤ n such that co-rank(Pi) =co-rank(Pi+1).
Some properties of schemes in group theory and Top couples