AskDefine | Define rank

Dictionary Definition

rank adj
1 very fertile; producing profuse growth; "rank earth"
2 very offensive in smell or taste; "a rank cigar"
3 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" [syn: crying(a), egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross]
4 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" [syn: absolute, downright, out-and-out(a), rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)]
5 growing profusely; "rank jungle vegetation"

Noun

1 a row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another; "the entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen"
2 relative status; "his salary was determined by his rank and seniority"
3 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" [syn: rank and file]
4 position in a social hierarchy; "the British are more aware of social status than Americans are" [syn: social station, social status, social rank]
5 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" [syn: membership]

Verb

1 take or have a position relative to others; "This painting ranks among the best in the Western World"
2 assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide" [syn: rate, range, order, grade, place]
3 take precedence or surpass others in rank [syn: outrank]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From ranc

Adjective

  1. Having a very strong and bad odor.
  2. Something which is disgusting.
  3. Complete, used as an intensifier.
    I am a rank amateur as a wordsmith.
Translations
Having a very strong and bad odor
Highly offensive; disgusting

Etymology 2

From

Noun

  1. position of a person, place, thing, or idea in relation to others based on a shared property such as physical location, population, or quality
    Based on your test scores, you have a rank of 23.
  2. a level in an organization such as the military
    Private First Class (PFC) is the lowest rank in the Marines.
  3. In the context of "taxonomy": a level in a scientific taxonomy system
    Phylum is the taxonomic rank below kingdom and above class.
  4. (usu. pl) The lines or rows of people in an organization
    He rose up through the ranks of the company from mailroom clerk to CEO.
  5. One of the horizontal lines of squares on a chessboard
  6. In a pipe organ, a set of pipes of a certain quality for which each pipe corresponds to one key or pedal.
Derived terms
Translations
position of a person, place, thing, or idea in relation to others based on a shared property such as physical location, population, or quality
a level in an organization such as the military
The lines or rows of people in an organization
One of the horizontal lines of squares on a chessboard
In a pipe organ, a set of pipes of a certain quality for which each pipe corresponds to one key or pedal
Translations to be checked

Etymology 3

From the noun rank

Verb

  1. to give a person, place, thing, or idea a rank
    Their defense is ranked third in the league
Translations
to give a person, place, thing, or idea a rank

Extensive Definition

Rank is a very broad term with several meanings. As a noun it is usually related to a relative position or to some kind of ordering (see also ranking). As an adjective it is used to mean profuse, conspicuous, absolute, or unpleasant, especially in relation to the sense of smell or taste.

Specific meanings

Derived proper nouns

Other names

rank in Danish: Rang
rank in German: Rang
rank in Spanish: Rank
rank in Esperanto: Rango
rank in French: Rang
rank in Italian: Rango
rank in Hebrew: דרגה
rank in Dutch: Rang
rank in Japanese: 階数
rank in Norwegian: Rang
rank in Polish: Ranga
rank in Russian: Ранг

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