rank

2
[rangk]
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adjective, rank·er, rank·est.


Nearby words

  1. ranikhet disease,
  2. ranine,
  3. ranine artery,
  4. ranitidine,
  5. ranjit singh,
  6. rank and file,
  7. rank scale,
  8. rank, otto,
  9. rank-and-filer,
  10. ranke

Origin of rank

2
before 1000; Middle English; Old English ranc bold, proud; cognate with Old Norse rakkr straight, bold

Related formsrank·ish, adjectiverank·ly, adverbrank·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for rankness

Rank

noun

(ræŋk) J (oseph) Arthur, 1st Baron. 1888–1972, British industrialist and film executive, whose companies dominated the British film industry in the 1940s and 1950s
(German raŋk) Otto (ˈɔto). 1884–1939, Austrian psychoanalyst, noted for his theory that the trauma of birth may be reflected in certain forms of mental illness

rank

1

noun

a position, esp an official one, within a social organization, esp the armed forcesthe rank of captain
high social or other standing; status
a line or row of people or things
the position of an item in any ordering or sequence
British a place where taxis wait to be hired
a line of soldiers drawn up abreast of each otherCompare file 1 (def. 5)
any of the eight horizontal rows of squares on a chessboard
(in systemic grammar) one of the units of description of which a grammar is composed. Ranks of English grammar are sentence, clause, group, word, and morpheme
music a set of organ pipes controlled by the same stop
maths (of a matrix) the largest number of linearly independent rows or columns; the number of rows (or columns) of the nonzero determinant of greatest order that can be extracted from the matrix
break ranks military to fall out of line, esp when under attack
close ranks to maintain discipline or solidarity, esp in anticipation of attack
pull rank to get one's own way by virtue of one's superior position or rank

verb

(tr) to arrange (people or things) in rows or lines; range
to accord or be accorded a specific position in an organization, society, or group
(tr) to array (a set of objects) as a sequence, esp in terms of the natural arithmetic ordering of some measure of the elementsto rank students by their test scores
(intr) to be important; ratemoney ranks low in her order of priorities
mainly US to take precedence or surpass in rankthe colonel ranks at this camp

Word Origin for rank

C16: from Old French ranc row, rank, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German hring circle

rank

2

adjective

showing vigorous and profuse growthrank weeds
highly offensive or disagreeable, esp in smell or taste
(prenominal) complete or absolute; uttera rank outsider
coarse or vulgar; grosshis language was rank
Derived Formsrankly, adverbrankness, noun

Word Origin for rank

Old English ranc straight, noble; related to Old Norse rakkr upright, Dutch, Swedish rank tall and thin, weak

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Word Origin and History for rankness
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Idioms and Phrases with rankness

rank

In addition to the idiom beginning with rank

  • rank and file

also see:

  • break ranks
  • close ranks
  • pull rank
  • rise through the ranks
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