Definitions for rankness

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a social or official position or standing, as in the armed forces:

    the rank of captain.

  2. high position or station:

    a person of rank.

  3. relative position or standing:

    a writer of the first rank.

  4. a row or series of things or persons.

  5. a number of persons forming a separate class, as in a social hierarchy.

  6. ranks, the members of an armed service apart from its officers; enlisted personnel. military enlisted personnel as a group.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Military

  7. Usu., ranks. the general body of any organization apart from the officers or leaders.

  8. orderly arrangement; array.

  9. a line of persons, esp. soldiers, standing abreast in close-order formation

    Ref: (disting. from file). 1 1

  10. one of the horizontal lines of squares on a chessboard.

    Category: Checkers and Chess

  11. a set of organ pipes of the same kind and tonal color.

    Category: Music and Dance

  12. Mining. the classification of coal according to hardness, from lignite to anthracite.

    Category: Mining

  13. (v.t.)to arrange in ranks or in regular formation.

  14. to assign to a particular position, class, etc.:

    to be ranked among the experts.

  15. to outrank.

  16. (v.i.)to form a rank or ranks.

  17. to take up or occupy a place in a particular rank, class, etc.:

    to rank first in her class.

  18. to have rank or standing.

  19. to be the senior in rank.

Idioms for rank:

  1. break ranks, to leave an assigned position in a military formation. to withdraw support from one's colleagues, political party, or the like.

    Category: Idiom, Common Vocabulary

Origin of rank:

1560–70; < MF ranc (n.), OF renc, ranc, rang row, line


rankræŋk(adj.)-er, -est.

  1. growing with excessive luxuriance; vigorous and tall of growth.

    Category: Botany

  2. having an offensive smell or taste:

    a rank cigar.

  3. utter; absolute:

    a rank amateur.

  4. highly offensive to one's moral sense; disgusting.

  5. grossly coarse or vulgar:

    rank language.

Origin of rank:

bef. 1000; ME; OE ranc bold, proud; c. ON rakkr straight, bold


Princeton's WordNet

  1. richness, rankness, prolificacy, fertility(noun)

    the property of producing abundantly and sustaining vigorous and luxuriant growth

    "he praised the richness of the soil"; "weeds lovely in their rankness"

  2. malodorousness, stinkiness, foulness, rankness, fetidness(noun)

    the attribute of having a strong offensive smell


  1. rankness(Noun)

    The property of being rank, of having a repulsive odor, of being stinky, foul or malodorous.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rankness(noun)

    the condition or quality of being rank

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