Rank

Adjective

  • (obsolete) Inflamed with venereal appetite.
  • Suffering from overgrowth or hypertrophy; plethoric.
  • Having a very strong and bad taste or odor.

    "Your gym clothes are rank, bro – when'd you last wash 'em?"

  • (obsolete) Strong; powerful; capable of acting or being used with great effect; energetic; vigorous; headstrong.
  • Strong in growth; growing with vigour or rapidity, hence, coarse or gross.

    "rank grass;  rank weeds"

  • Strong to the senses; offensive; noisome.
  • (informal) Gross, disgusting.
  • Strong of its kind or in character; unmitigated; virulent; thorough; utter.

    "rank treason;  rank nonsense"

  • Causing strong growth; producing luxuriantly; rich and fertile.
  • Complete, used as an intensifier (usually negative, referring to incompetence).

    "I am a rank amateur as a wordsmith."

Adverb

  • (obsolete) Quickly, eagerly, impetuously.

Noun

  • (chess) one of the eight horizontal lines of squares on a chessboard [the corresponding term for a vertical line is "file"].
  • One's position in a list sorted by a shared property such as physical location, population, or quality

    "The fancy hotel was of the first rank."

  • a level in an organization such as the military

    "He rose up through the ranks of the company from mailroom clerk to CEO."

  • The dimensionality of an array (computing) or tensor (mathematics).
  • A row of people or things organized in a grid pattern, often soldiers [the corresponding term for the perpendicular columns in such a pattern is "file"].

    "The front rank kneeled to reload while the second rank fired over their heads."

  • One's position in a list sorted by a shared property such as physical location, population, or quality

    "Based on your test scores, you have a rank of 23."

  • a level in an organization such as the military

    "Private First Class (PFC) is the lowest rank in the Marines."

  • (linear algebra) Maximal number of linearly independent columns (or rows) of a matrix.
  • (music) In a pipe organ, a set of pipes of a certain quality for which each pipe corresponds to one key or pedal.
  • The level of one's position in a class-based society
  • (taxonomy) a level in a scientific taxonomy system

    "Phylum is the taxonomic rank below kingdom and above class."

  • (chess) one of the eight horizontal lines of squares on a chessboard (i.e., those which run from letter to letter). The analog vertical lines are the files.

Verb

  • To assign a suitable place in a class or order; to classify.
  • To have a ranking.

    "Their defense ranked third in the league."

  • To place abreast, or in a line.
  • (US) To take rank of; to outrank.

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