Webster 1913 Edition
rancstrong, proud; cf. D.
rankupright, erect, Prov. G.
rakkrslender, bold. The meaning seems to have been influenced by L.
Luxuriant in growth; of vigorous growth; exuberant; grown to immoderate height;
And, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk,
Gen. xli. 5.
Raised to a high degree; violent; extreme; gross; utter;“Rank nonsense.”
Hare.“I do forgive thy rankest fault.”
Causing vigorous growth; producing luxuriantly; very rich and fertile;
Strong-scented; rancid; musty;
as, oil of a
Strong to the taste.“Divers sea fowls taste rank of the fish on which they feed.”
Inflamed with venereal appetite.
an excessive and unreasonable modus. See–
To set(the iron of a plane, etc.)
to set so as to take off a thick shaving.
Rankly; stoutly; violently.
That rides so
rankand bends his lance so fell.
A row or line; a range; an order; a tier;
Many a mountain nigh
Rising in lofty
Rising in lofty
ranks, and loftier still.
A line of soldiers ranged side by side; – opposed to file. See 1st
Fierce, fiery warriors fought upon the clouds,
ranksand squadrons and right form of war.
Grade of official standing, as in the army, navy, or nobility;
rankof general; the
An aggregate of individuals classed together; a permanent social class; an order; a division;
ranksand orders of men; the highest and the lowest
ranksof men, or of other intelligent beings.
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
These all are virtues of a meaner
Elevated grade or standing; high degree; high social position; distinction; eminence;
as, a man of.
Rank and file.
The whole body of common soldiers, including also corporals. In a more extended sense, it includes sergeants also, excepting the noncommissioned staff.
See under 1st–
the order or grade of common soldiers;–
as, to reduce a noncommissioned officer to.
To fill the ranks,
to supply the whole number, or a competent number.–
To take rank of,
to have precedence over, or to have the right of taking a higher place than.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To place abreast, or in a line.
To range in a particular class, order, or division; to class; also, to dispose methodically; to place in suitable classes or order; to classify.
Rankingall things under general and special heads.
rankedin the class of philosophers.
rankedwith idolatry and witchcraft.
Dr. H. More.
To take rank of; to outrank.
To be ranged; to be set or disposed, as in a particular degree, class, order, or division.
Let that one article
rankwith the rest.
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;
rankswith the first class of poets; he
rankshigh in public estimation.