Origin: AS. Ranc strong, proud; cf. D. Rank slender, Dan. Rank upright, erect, Prov. G. Rank slender, Icel. Rakkr slender, bold. The meaning seems to have been influenced by L. Rancidus, E. Rancid.
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. "These all are virtues of a meaner rank." (Addison)
The whole body of common soldiers, including also corporals. In a more extended sense, it includes sergeants also, excepting the noncommissioned staff. See 1st File. The ranks, the order or grade of common soldiers; as, to reduce a noncommissioned officer to the ranks. 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.
Origin: OE. Renk, reng, OF. Renc, F. Rang, fr. OHG. Hring a circle, a circular row, G. Ring. See Ring, and cf. Range, &.
2. To range in a particular class, order, or division; to class; also, to dispose methodically; to place in suitable classes or order; to classify. "Ranking all things under general and special heads." (I. Watts) "Poets were ranked in the class of philosophers." (Broome) "Heresy is ranked with idolatry and witchcraft." (Dr. H. More)
3. To take rank of; to outrank.
Origin: Ranked; Ranking.
2. 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.
(01 Mar 1998)
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