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)
- to leave an assigned position in a military formation.
- to disagree with, defect from, or refuse to support one's colleagues, party, or the like.
Origin of rank1
Synonyms for rank
Related Words for rankingregard, list, rate, put, estimate, include, establish, stand, locate, grade, tab, array, fix, dispose, pigeonhole, assort, valuate, peg, sort, evaluate
Examples from the Web for ranking
Contemporary Examples of ranking
Despite its ranking at the bottom of most international development indexes, the conflict is shrouded by confusion.The Year’s Most Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis
January 1, 2015
Delta is a Platinum Global Partner, ranking them among the highest-level contributors to the association.How You Can Help Make a More LGBT-Friendly World
December 12, 2014
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
November 27, 2014
But his ranking Democratic member just told an amusing story about Issa.Kissy-Face The Nation: Washington’s Power Elite Smooch Bob Schieffer
November 18, 2014
The most detailed and comprehensive briefings are often limited to the chairman and ranking members of the committees.Congress Scouring Every U.S. Spy Program
October 10, 2014
Historical Examples of ranking
Linn was ranking officer, although there was little discipline.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
I do not dream for a moment of ranking myself in the class of those who wish to rule.The Memorabilia
In 1843 he graduated, ranking twenty-first in a class of thirty-nine.Hidden Treasures
Harry A. Lewis
And, since he was the ranking Exec, he was expected to give some sort of answer.But, I Don't Think
Gordon Randall Garrett
The officer taking the next place to a general, ranking with vice-admiral.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
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