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Definition of rank:

  1. A line of soldiers ranged side by side; - opposed to file. See 1st File, 1 ( a).
  2. A row or line; a range; an order; a tier; as, a rank of osiers.
  3. 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.
  4. Causing vigorous growth; producing luxuriantly; very rich and fertile; as, rank land.
  5. 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.
  6. Elevated grade or standing; high degree; high social position; distinction; eminence; as, a man of rank.
  7. Grade of official standing, as in the army, navy, or nobility; as, the rank of general; the rank of admiral.
  8. Inflamed with venereal appetite.
  9. Luxuriant in growth; of vigorous growth; exuberant; grown to immoderate height; as, rank grass; rank weeds.
  10. Raised to a high degree; violent; extreme; gross; utter; as, rank heresy.
  11. Rankly; stoutly; violently.
  12. Strong to the taste.
  13. Strong- scented; rancid; musty; as, oil of a rank smell; rank- smelling rue.
  14. To be ranged; to be set or disposed, as in a particular degree, class, order, or division.
  15. 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.
  16. To place abreast, or in a line.
  17. To range in a particular class, order, or division; to class; also, to dispose methodically; to place in suitable classes or order; to classify.
  18. To take rank of; to outrank.


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