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What does "Rank" mean?

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(adv.) Rankly; stoutly; violently (n. & v.) A line of soldiers ranged side by side; -- opposed to file. See 1st File, 1 (a (n. & v.) A row or line; a range; an order; a tier; as, a rank of osiers (n. & v.) 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 (n. & v.) 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 (n. & v.) Elevated grade or standing; high degree; high social position; distinction; eminence; as, a man of rank (n. & v.) Grade of official standing, as in the army, navy, or nobility; as, the rank of general; the rank of admiral (superl.) Causing vigorous growth; producing luxuriantly; very rich and fertile; as, rank land (superl.) Inflamed with venereal appetite (superl.) Luxuriant in growth; of vigorous growth; exuberant; grown to immoderate height; as, rank grass; rank weeds (superl.) Raised to a high degree; violent; extreme; gross; utter; as, rank heresy (superl.) Strong to the taste (superl.) Strong-scented; rancid; musty; as, oil of a rank smell; rank-smelling rue (v. i.) To be ranged; to be set or disposed, as in a particular degree, class, order, or division (v. i.) 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 (v. t.) To place abreast, or in a line (v. t.) To range in a particular class, order, or division; to class; also, to dispose methodically; to place in suitable classes or order; to classify (v. t.) To take rank of; to outrank


Synonyms egregious, sheer, order, range, place, rate, gross, conspicuous, absolute, obvious, abundant, grade, offensive, flagrant, fertile, downright, glaring, crying, membership, rank and file, out-and-out, outrank, social status, right-down, social rank, social station


Example: "The entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen" Example: "His salary was determined by his rank and seniority" Example: "The strike was supported by the union rank and file" Example: "They found dissension in their own ranks" Example: "This painting ranks among the best in the Western World" Example: "How would you rank these students?" Example: "A rank cigar" Example: "Rank jungle vegetation" Example: "Rank earth" Example: "Rank treachery"


Word Family ranked, ranking, rankings, ranks, unranked