Noun: rank rangk
Verb: rank rangk
- A row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another
"the entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen"
- Relative status
"his salary was determined by his rank and seniority"
- (military) 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";
- rank and file
- Position in a social hierarchy
"the British are more aware of rank than Americans are";
- social station, social status, social rank
- The body of members of an organization or group
"they found dissension in their own ranks"; "he joined the ranks of the unemployed";
- (computing) the dimensionality of an array
- (chess) one of the horizontal lines of squares on a chessboard
- (mathematics) the number of linearly independent columns or rows of a matrix; related concepts in other specialized areas
Adjective: rank (ranker,rankest) rangk
- Take or have a position relative to others
"This painting ranks among the best in the Western World"
- Assign a rank or rating to
"how would you rank these students?";
- rate, range, order, grade, place
- Take precedence or surpass others in rank
- Very fertile; producing profuse growth
- Very offensive in smell or taste
"a rank cigar"
- Conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
- crying, egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross
- Complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as an intensifier
"a rank outsider";
- absolute, downright, out-and-out, right-down, sheer, down-the-line
- Growing profusely
"rank jungle vegetation"
Derived forms: ranker, ranks, ranked, ranking, rankest
See also: abundant, complete, conspicuous, fertile, offensive
Type of: be, body, evaluate, excel, force, judge, line, pass judgment, personnel, position, rule, stand out, status, surpass
Part of: organisation [Brit], organization
Encyclopedia: Rank, Otto