(comparative ranker or more rank, superlative rankest or most rank)
- Strong of its kind or in character; unmitigated; virulent; thorough; utter.
- rank treason; rank nonsense
- Strong in growth; growing with vigour or rapidity, hence, coarse or gross.
- rank grass; rank weeds
- Suffering from overgrowth or hypertrophy; plethoric.
- Causing strong growth; producing luxuriantly; rich and fertile.
- rank land
- Strong to the senses; offensive; noisome.
- Having a very strong and bad taste or odor.
- Your gym clothes are rank, bro – when d’you last wash ’em?
- Complete, used as an intensifier (usually negative, referring to incompetence).
- I am a rank amateur as a wordsmith.
- (informal) Gross, disgusting.
(comparative more rank, superlative most rank)
- That rides so rank and bends his lance so fell.
From Middle English rank (“strong, proud”), from Old English ranc (“proud, haughty, arrogant, insolent, forward, overbearing, showy, ostentatious, splendid, bold, valiant, noble, brave, strong, full-grown, mature”), from Proto-Germanic *rankaz (“straight”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ- (“straight, direct”). Cognate with Dutch rank (“slender, slim”), Low German rank (“slender, projecting, lank”), Danish rank (“straight, erect, slender”), Swedish rank (“slender, shaky, wonky”), Icelandic rakkr (“straight, slender, bold, valiant”).
- A row of people or things organized in a grid pattern, often soldiers [the corresponding term for the perpendicular columns in such a pattern is "file"].
- The front rank kneeled to reload while the second rank fired over their heads.
- (chess) one of the eight horizontal lines of squares on a chessboard [the corresponding term for a vertical line is "file"].
- (music) In a pipe organ, a set of pipes of a certain quality for which each pipe corresponds to one key or pedal.
- One's position in a list sorted by a shared property such as physical location, population, or quality
- Based on your test scores, you have a rank of 23.
- The fancy hotel was of the first rank.
- The level of one's position in a class-based society
- a level in an organization such as the military
- Private First Class (PFC) is the lowest rank in the Marines.
- He rose up through the ranks of the company from mailroom clerk to CEO.
- (taxonomy) a level in a scientific taxonomy system
- Phylum is the taxonomic rank below kingdom and above class.
- (linear algebra) Maximal number of linearly independent columns (rows) of a matrix.
- The dimensionality of an array (computing) or tensor (mathematics).
(third-person singular simple present ranks, present participle ranking, simple past and past participle ranked)
- To place abreast, or in a line.
- To have a ranking.
- Their defense ranked third in the league.
- To assign a suitable place in a class or order; to classify.
- (US) To take rank of; to outrank.
Middle English rank (“line, row”), from Old French reng, rang, ranc (“line, row, rank”) (Modern French rang), from Frankish hring (“ring”), from Proto-Germanic *hringaz (“something bent or curved”), which is of uncertain origin.
Akin to Old High German (h)ring, Old Frisian hring, Old English hring, hrincg (“ring”) (Modern English ring), Old Norse hringr (“ring, circle, queue, sword; ship”). More at ring.