Associations to the word «Rank»


RANK, adjective. Strong of its kind or in character; unmitigated; virulent; thorough; utter.
RANK, adjective. Strong in growth; growing with vigour or rapidity, hence, coarse or gross.
RANK, adjective. Suffering from overgrowth or hypertrophy; plethoric.
RANK, adjective. Causing strong growth; producing luxuriantly; rich and fertile.
RANK, adjective. Strong to the senses; offensive; noisome.
RANK, adjective. Having a very strong and bad taste or odor.
RANK, adjective. Complete, used as an intensifier (usually negative, referring to incompetence).
RANK, adjective. (informal) Gross, disgusting.
RANK, adjective. (obsolete) Strong; powerful; capable of acting or being used with great effect; energetic; vigorous; headstrong.
RANK, adjective. (obsolete) Inflamed with venereal appetite.
RANK, adverb. (obsolete) Quickly, eagerly, impetuously.
RANK, noun. 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"].
RANK, noun. (chess) one of the eight horizontal lines of squares on a chessboard [the corresponding term for a vertical line is "file"].
RANK, noun. (music) In a pipe organ, a set of pipes of a certain quality for which each pipe corresponds to one key or pedal.
RANK, noun. One's position in a list sorted by a shared property such as physical location, population, or quality
RANK, noun. The level of one's position in a class-based society
RANK, noun. A level in an organization such as the military
RANK, noun. (taxonomy) a level in a scientific taxonomy system
RANK, noun. (linear algebra) Maximal number of linearly independent columns (or rows) of a matrix.
RANK, noun. The dimensionality of an array (computing) or tensor (mathematics).
RANK, noun. (chess) one of the eight horizontal lines of squares on a chessboard (i.e., those which run from letter to letter). The analog vertical lines are the files.
RANK, verb. To place abreast, or in a line.
RANK, verb. To have a ranking.
RANK, verb. To assign a suitable place in a class or order; to classify.
RANK, verb. (US) To take rank of; to outrank.
RANK AND FILE, noun. Common soldiers, as would be arrayed in a grid pattern with ranks and files.
RANK AND FILE, noun. (idiomatic) Those lacking any particular title or status; those having no station.
RANK AND YANK, noun. (informal) (business) A model of employee productivity in which workers are ranked into the top 20 percent, the adequate 70 percent, or the bottom 10 percent, and those in the bottom group are fired.

Dictionary definition

RANK, noun. A row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another; "the entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen".
RANK, noun. Relative status; "his salary was determined by his rank and seniority".
RANK, noun. 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, noun. Position in a social hierarchy; "the British are more aware of social status than Americans are".
RANK, noun. The body of members of an organization or group; "they polled their membership"; "they found dissension in their own ranks"; "he joined the ranks of the unemployed".
RANK, verb. Take or have a position relative to others; "This painting ranks among the best in the Western World".
RANK, verb. Assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide".
RANK, verb. Take precedence or surpass others in rank.
RANK, adjective. Very fertile; producing profuse growth; "rank earth".
RANK, adjective. Very offensive in smell or taste; "a rank cigar".
RANK, adjective. Conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible; "a crying shame"; "an egregious lie"; "flagrant violation of human rights"; "a glaring error"; "gross ineptitude"; "gross injustice"; "rank treachery".
RANK, adjective. Complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers; "absolute freedom"; "an absolute dimwit"; "a downright lie"; "out-and-out mayhem"; "an out-and-out lie"; "a rank outsider"; "many right-down vices"; "got the job through sheer persistence"; "sheer stupidity".
RANK, adjective. Growing profusely; "rank jungle vegetation".

Wise words

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Blaise Pascal