- rankin, jeannette,
- rankine cycle,
- rankine scale,
- rankine, william john macquorn,
- ranking member,
Origin of ranking
- the members of an armed service apart from its officers; enlisted personnel.
- military enlisted personnel as a group.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of rank1
Examples from the Web for ranking
Despite its ranking at the bottom of most international development indexes, the conflict is shrouded by confusion.
Delta is a Platinum Global Partner, ranking them among the highest-level contributors to the association.
In a ranking of gender-based economic disparity, Turkey is 126th out of 136 countries.Allah, Mom, and Baklava: Turkish President Uses Mothers and Kids as Political Pawns|Xanthe Ackerman|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But his ranking Democratic member just told an amusing story about Issa.Kissy-Face The Nation: Washington’s Power Elite Smooch Bob Schieffer|Lloyd Grove|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The most detailed and comprehensive briefings are often limited to the chairman and ranking members of the committees.
Suddenly he swung around and gripped the cowering form of the second ranking priest, who stood near him.Astounding Stories, July, 1931|Various
Christianity and Islam are at one in ranking Justice and Mercy as the greatest of the virtues.Bonaparte in Egypt and the Egyptians of To-day|Haji A. Browne
Leland was called to account, and half apologises for ranking Shaftesbury among the Deists at all.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century|Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
Among the minor deities, ranking hardly above demons, is the plague-god, whose name may provisionally be read Dibbarra.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria|Morris Jastrow
Next to the church in interest—with some visitors, probably, ranking before it—is the old Muscovite castle on the hill.Wonderland; or Alaska and the Inside Passage|Lieut. Frederick Schwatka
Word Origin for rank
Word Origin for rank
early 14c., "row, line series;" c.1400, a row of an army, from Old French renc, ranc "row, line" (Modern French rang), from Frankish *hring or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German hring "circle, ring"), from Proto-Germanic *khrengaz "circle, ring" (see ring (n.1)).
Meaning "a social division, class of persons" is from early 15c. Meaning "high station in society" is from early 15c. Meaning "a relative position" is from c.1600.
Old English ranc "proud, overbearing, showy," from Proto-Germanic *rankaz (cf. Danish rank "right, upright," German rank "slender," Old Norse rakkr "straight, erect"), perhaps from PIE *reg- "to stretch, straighten" (see right (adj.)). In reference to plant growth, "vigorous, luxuriant, abundant, copious" it is recorded from c.1300. Related: Rankly; rankness.
Sense evolved in Middle English to "large and coarse" (c.1300), then, via notion of "excessive and unpleasant," to "corrupt, loathsome, foul" (mid-14c.), perhaps from influence of Middle French rance "rancid." In 17c. also "lewd, lustful."
Much used 16c. as a pejorative intensive (cf. rank folly). This is possibly the source of the verb meaning "to reveal another's guilt" (1929, underworld slang), and that of "to harass, abuse," 1934, U.S. black dialect, though this also may be from the role of the activity in establishing social hierarchy (from rank (n.)).
1570s, "arrange in lines;" 1590s, "put in order, classify; assign a rank to," from rank (n.). Related: Ranked; ranking.
In addition to the idiom beginning with rank
- rank and file
- break ranks
- close ranks
- pull rank
- rise through the ranks