a row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another
"the entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen"
"his salary was determined by his rank and seniority"
rank and file, rank(noun)
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"
social station, social status, social rank, rank(noun)
position in a social hierarchy
"the British are more aware of social status than Americans are"
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"
very fertile; producing profuse growth
very offensive in smell or taste
"a rank cigar"
crying(a), egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross, rank(adj)
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"
absolute, downright, out-and-out(a), rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)(adj)
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"
"rank jungle vegetation"
take or have a position relative to others
"This painting ranks among the best in the Western World"
rate, rank, range, order, grade, place(verb)
assign a rank or rating to
"how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
take precedence or surpass others in rank
luxuriant in growth; of vigorous growth; exuberant; grown to immoderate height; as, rank grass; rank weeds
raised to a high degree; violent; extreme; gross; utter; as, rank heresy
causing vigorous growth; producing luxuriantly; very rich and fertile; as, rank land
strong-scented; rancid; musty; as, oil of a rank smell; rank-smelling rue
strong to the taste
inflamed with venereal appetite
rankly; stoutly; violently
a row or line; a range; an order; a tier; as, a rank of osiers
a line of soldiers ranged side by side; -- opposed to file. See 1st File, 1 (a)
grade of official standing, as in the army, navy, or nobility; as, the rank of general; the rank of admiral
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
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
elevated grade or standing; high degree; high social position; distinction; eminence; as, a man of rank
to place abreast, or in a line
to range in a particular class, order, or division; to class; also, to dispose methodically; to place in suitable classes or order; to classify
to take rank of; to outrank
to be ranged; to be set or disposed, as in a particular degree, class, order, or division
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
Origin: [OE. renk, reng, OF. renc, F. rang, fr. OHG. hring a circle, a circular row, G. ring. See Ring, and cf. Range, n. & v.]
Receptor Activator of Nuclear Factor κ B, also known as TRANCE Receptor, is a type I membrane protein that is expressed on the surface of osteoclasts and is involved in their activation upon ligand binding. RANK is also expressed on dendritic cells and facilitates immune signaling. RANKL is found on the surface of stromal cells, osteoblasts, and T cells.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rangk, n. 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. to place in a line: to range in a particular class: to place methodically: to take rank over.—v.i. 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.—n. Rank′er, one who arranges or disposes in ranks: an officer who has risen from the ranks.—Rank and file, the whole body of common soldiers.—Take rank of, to have the right to take a higher place than; Take rank with, to take the same rank as; The ranks, the order of common soldiers. [O. Fr. renc (Fr. rang)—Old High Ger. hring or hrinc, Eng. ring.]
rangk, adj. 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: (Shak.) ruttish: (slang) eager: (law) excessive: (mech.) cutting deeply.—adv. (Spens.) rankly, fiercely.—v.i. Rank′le, to be inflamed: to fester: to be a source of disquietude or excitement: to rage.—v.t. to irritate.—adv. Rank′ly, offensively: to an inordinate degree.—n. Rank′ness, exuberant growth: (Shak.) insolence.—adjs. Rank′-rī′ding, hard-riding; Rank′-scent′ed (Shak.), strong-scented: rancid. [A.S. ranc, fruitful, rank; Ice. rakkr, bold, Dan. rank, lank, slender.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'rank' in Nouns Frequency: #1277
The numerical value of rank in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of rank in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
You can be a rank insider as well as a rank outsider.
Wealth and rank are what people desire, but unless they be obtained in the right way they may not be possessed.
Rank-and-file officers are being stopped from doing what they are told to do. what's wrong with [conducting] a sobriety test? It's basic policing.
I suspect it would stir up the rank and file. And when you get the rank and file at the grass-roots level, other folks get stirred up within the conference.
The truth of the matter is the mayor knows there is bad blood between the rank and file, and the mayor wants to pretend like he didn't create it, but he did.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- ranciCatalan, Valencian
- stinkend, ekelhaft, Reihe, DienstgradGerman
- grado, fila, rango, columna, repugnanteSpanish
- رده, رتبهPersian
- sija, sotilasarvo, taso, lemuava, sijoittua, asema, haiseva, rankata, arvo, rankkaus, sijoittaa, löyhkäävä, sijoitusFinnish
- coter, ranger, rangée, malodorant, classerFrench
- breunScottish Gaelic
- truppa, condizione sociale, ripugnante, schiera, rango, puzzolente, fila, gregario, grado, repellente, cetoItalian
- stinkend, werk, rang, ranzig, register, ransDutch
- stopień, rząd, szeregi, rangaPolish
- rânced, rangRomanian
- класс, положе́ние, чин, строй, коло́нна, ме́рзкий, катего́рия, омерзи́тельный, ранг, ряд, прого́рклый, отврати́тельный, шере́нга, разря́д, воню́чий, зва́ние, ли́нияRussian
- placering, rad, stank, klassa, gradera, verk, vämjelig, grad, placera, klass, klassificeraSwedish
- pis kokulu, rütbe, iğrenç, sıra, satırTurkish
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