Meaning of RANK in English


rank 1

— rankless , adj.

/rangk/ , n.

1. a number of persons forming a separate class in a social hierarchy or in any graded body.

2. a social or official position or standing, as in the armed forces: the rank of captain.

3. high position or station in the social or some similar scale: a woman of rank.

4. a class in any scale of comparison.

5. relative position or standing: a writer of the first rank.

6. a row, line, or series of things or persons: orchestra players arranged in ranks.

7. ranks ,

a. the members of an armed service apart from its officers; enlisted personnel.

b. military enlisted personnel as a group.

8. Usually, ranks . the general body of any party, society, or organization apart from the officers or leaders.

9. orderly arrangement; array.

10. a line of persons, esp. soldiers, standing abreast in close-order formation (distinguished from file ).

11. Brit. a place or station occupied by vehicles available for hire; stand: a taxi rank.

12. Chess. one of the horizontal lines of squares on a chessboard.

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

14. Also called determinant rank . Math. the order of the nonzero determinant of greatest order that can be selected from a given matrix by the elimination of rows and columns.

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

16. break ranks ,

a. to leave an assigned position in a military formation.

b. to disagree with, defect from, or refuse to support one's colleagues, party, or the like.

17. pull rank (on) , to make use of one's superior rank to gain an advantage over (someone). Also, pull one's rank (on) .


18. to arrange in ranks or in regular formation: The men were ranked according to height. He ranked the chess pieces on the board.

19. to assign to a particular position, station, class, etc.: She was ranked among the most admired citizens.

20. to outrank: The colonel ranks all other officers in the squadron.

21. Slang. to insult; criticize.


22. to form a rank or ranks.

23. to take up or occupy a place in a particular rank, class, etc.: to rank well ahead of the other students.

24. to have rank or standing.

25. to be the senior in rank: The colonel ranks at this camp.

26. Slang. to complain.

[ 1560-70; ranc (n., obs.), OF renc, ranc, rang row, line 1 ]

Syn. 3. distinction, eminence, dignity. 6. range, tier. 9. alignment. 18. align, range, array.

rank 2

— rankish , adj. — rankly , adv. — rankness , n.

/rangk/ , adj., ranker, rankest .

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

2. producing an excessive and coarse growth, as land.

3. having an offensively strong smell or taste: a rank cigar.

4. offensively strong, as a smell or taste.

5. utter; absolute: a rank amateur; rank treachery.

6. highly offensive; disgusting: a rank sight of carnage.

7. grossly coarse, vulgar, or indecent: rank language.

8. Slang. inferior; contemptible.

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

Syn. 1. abundant, exuberant. 5. complete, sheer, entire. 6. repulsive, repellent. See flagrant. 7. foul.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .