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 for Rank
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rank \Rank\, adv.
     Rankly; stoutly; violently. [Obs.]
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           That rides so rank and bends his lance so fell.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rank \Rank\, n. [OE. renk, reng, OF. renc, F. rang, fr. OHG.
     hring a circle, a circular row, G. ring. See Ring, and cf.
     Range, n. & v.]
     1. A row or line; a range; an order; a tier; as, a rank of
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              Many a mountain nigh
              Rising in lofty ranks, and loftier still. --Byron.
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     2. (Mil.) A line of soldiers ranged side by side; -- opposed
        to file. See 1st File, 1
        (a) .
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                  Fierce, fiery warriors fought upon the clouds,
                  In ranks and squadrons and right form of war.
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     3. Grade of official standing, as in the army, navy, or
        nobility; as, the rank of general; the rank of admiral.
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     4. 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.
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     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.
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              These all are virtues of a meaner rank. --Addison.
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     6. Elevated grade or standing; high degree; high social
        position; distinction; eminence; as, a man of rank.
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     Rank and file.
        (a) (Mil.) The whole body of common soldiers, including
            also corporals. In a more extended sense, it includes
            sergeants also, excepting the noncommissioned staff.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rank \Rank\ (r[a^][ng]k), a. [Compar. Ranker
     (r[a^][ng]k"[~e]r); superl. Rankest.] [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.]
     1. Luxuriant in growth; of vigorous growth; exuberant; grown
        to immoderate height; as, rank grass; rank weeds.
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              And, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one
              stalk, rank and good.                 --Gen. xli. 5.
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     2. Raised to a high degree; violent; extreme; gross; utter;
        as, rank heresy. "Rank nonsense." --Hare. "I do forgive
        thy rankest fault." --Shak.
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     3. Causing vigorous growth; producing luxuriantly; very rich
        and fertile; as, rank land. --Mortimer.
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     4. Strong-scented; rancid; musty; as, oil of a rank smell;
        rank-smelling rue. --Spenser.
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     5. Strong to the taste. "Divers sea fowls taste rank of the
        fish on which they feed." --Boyle.
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     6. Inflamed with venereal appetite. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     Rank modus (Law), an excessive and unreasonable modus. See
        Modus, 3.
     To set (the iron of a plane, etc.) rank, to set so as to
        take off a thick shaving. --Moxon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rank \Rank\, v. i.
     1. To be ranged; to be set or disposed, as in a particular
        degree, class, order, or division.
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              Let that one article rank with the rest. --Shak.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rank \Rank\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ranked (r[a^][ng]kt); p. pr.
     & vb. n. Ranking.]
     1. To place abreast, or in a line.
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     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.
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              Ranking all things under general and special heads.
                                                    --I. Watts.
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              Poets were ranked in the class of philosophers.
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              Heresy is ranked with idolatry and witchcraft. --Dr.
                                                    H. More.
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     3. To take rank of; to outrank. [U.S.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: very fertile; producing profuse growth; "rank earth"
      2: very offensive in smell or taste; "a rank cigar"
      3: 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" [syn: crying(a), egregious,
         flagrant, glaring, gross, rank]
      4: 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" [syn: absolute, downright, out-and-out(a),
         rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)]
      5: growing profusely; "rank jungle vegetation"
      n 1: a row or line of people (especially soldiers or police)
           standing abreast of one another; "the entrance was guarded
           by ranks of policemen"
      2: relative status; "his salary was determined by his rank and
      3: 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"
         [syn: rank and file, rank]
      4: position in a social hierarchy; "the British are more aware
         of social status than Americans are" [syn: social station,
         social status, social rank, rank]
      5: 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" [syn:
         membership, rank]
      v 1: take or have a position relative to others; "This painting
           ranks among the best in the Western World"
      2: assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these
         students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food
         guide" [syn: rate, rank, range, order, grade,
      3: take precedence or surpass others in rank [syn: rank,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  741 Moby Thesaurus words for "rank":
     English horn, IC analysis, Indian file, KP, abject, abominable,
     absolute, abundant, adjust, align, alphabetize, analyze, ancestry,
     antecede, appositive, appraise, appreciate, aristocracy,
     aristocraticalness, army, army group, arrange, arrant, array,
     articulation, ascendancy, assess, assort, atrocious, attribute,
     attributive, authority, awful, bad, bad-smelling, bank, barfy,
     base, bassoon, battalion, battery, battle group, be distinguished,
     be regarded, be thought of, bearings, beastly, beggarly,
     beneath contempt, birth, black, blamable, blameworthy, blatant,
     block flute, blood, blown, blue, blue blood, bolt, bombard,
     bourdon, bracket, brackish, branch, break down, brigade, broad,
     broken, brutal, bulk, bumpy, buzz, cachet, cadre, call, capacity,
     capital, case, caste, catalog, categorize, category, catena,
     catenation, cello, chain, chain reaction, chaining, character,
     cheesy, choppy, circumstance, circumstances, clan, claribel,
     clarinet, clarion, class, classical, classify, cloying, coarse,
     coarse-grained, codify, cohort, collate, column, combat command,
     combat team, come before, come first, company, complement,
     complete, concatenation, concert flute, condition, connection,
     consecution, consequence, conspicuous, construction modifier,
     consummate, contemptible, continuity, continuum, cool off, cornet,
     cornopean, corps, corrugated, corrupt, count, course, crappy,
     crass, criminal, cromorna, cross-grained, crummy, cutting, cycle,
     cymbel, damnable, dank, dark, debased, decided, deep structure,
     definitive, degraded, degree, dense, deplorable, deploy, depraved,
     descent, despicable, detachment, detail, detestable, diapason,
     digest, dignity, dire, direct object, dirty, disagreeable,
     disgraceful, disgusting, dispose, distinction, divide, division,
     downright, dreadful, drone, dulciana, earthy, echelon, egregious,
     eminence, employees, endless belt, endless round, enlarge,
     enormous, estate, estimate, evaluate, evil, execrable, exuberant,
     face, fecal, feculent, fertile, fetid, field army, field train,
     figure, file, filiation, filler, filthy, fix, flagitious, flagrant,
     flourishing, flute stop, flyblown, flying column, footing, form,
     form an estimate, form-function unit, formation, foul,
     foundation stop, fourniture, frank, front, frowsty, frowy, frowzy,
     fructuous, fulsome, function, funky, fusty, gamba, gamut, gamy,
     garrison, gauge, gedeckt, gemshorn, genteelness, gentility,
     give an appreciation, glaring, gloppy, go ahead of, go before,
     go in advance, gradate, gradation, grade, graduate, grainy,
     granulated, grave, graveolent, greatness, grievous, gross, group,
     grouping, grown, guess, gunky, gutter, harmonic flute, harmonize,
     hateful, have priority, head, head the table, head up, heading,
     heavy, heinous, hierarchize, hierarchy, high, high place,
     high-tasted, homespun, honorable descent, horrible, horrid,
     horripilant, hum, humid, hybrid stop, icky, ill-smelling,
     immediate constituent analysis, immodest, impenetrable, importance,
     improper, indecent, indecorous, index, indirect object, inequal,
     infamous, influence, influentialness, iniquitous, intolerable,
     irregular, jam, jolty, jungled, jungly, kick off, kin,
     kitchen police, knavish, koppel flute, kudos, label, lamentable,
     larigot, lavish, lay out, lead, lead off, legion, level, levels,
     line, line up, lineage, linsey-woolsey, list, little, loathsome,
     location, lot, lousy, low, low-down, lumpen, lurid, lush,
     luxuriant, maggoty, make an estimation, malodorous, mangy, maniple,
     mark, marshal, match, mawkish, mean, measly, measure, melodia,
     mephitic, methodize, miasmal, miasmic, mildewed, mildewy,
     miserable, mixture, modality, mode, modifier, moldy, moment,
     monotone, monstrous, mucky, musty, mutation stop, nasty, naughty,
     nauseant, nauseating, nauseous, nazard, nefarious, nexus, nidorous,
     nobility, noble birth, nobleness, noisome, normalize, noticeable,
     notorious, noxious, object, obnoxious, oboe, obscene, octave,
     odious, odorous, off, off color, offensive, olid, order, ordurous,
     organ stop, organization, organize, out-and-out, outfit,
     outrageous, outrank, outright, outstanding, overgrown, overripe,
     overrun, pacify, paltry, pass, peccant, peerage, pendulum, perfect,
     periodicity, petty, phalanx, phrase structure, piccolo, pickle,
     pigeonhole, pimply, pitiable, pitiful, pitted, place, platoon,
     play first fiddle, plein jeu, plenum, plight, pocky, poisonous,
     poky, poor, pornographic, posaune, position, positive, posse,
     posture, potholed, powder train, power, power structure, precede,
     precedence, precious, predicament, predicate, pressure, prestige,
     principal, priority, prize, productive, profound, profuse,
     progression, prolific, prominence, pronounced, proper, proportion,
     puky, pungent, putrid, qualifier, quality, queue, quiet, quint,
     quintaten, race, rampant, rancid, range, rank first, rank out,
     ranket, ranks, rate, rating, raunchy, raw, reasty, reasy,
     rebarbative, reckon, recurrence, reechy, reed stop, reeking, reeky,
     regiment, register, regrettable, regular, regularize, regulate,
     reprehensible, reprobate, reptilian, repulsive, reticulation,
     riddle, riotous, ripply, risque, rohr flute, rotation, rotten,
     rough, rough-cast, rough-grained, rough-hewn, round, routine,
     routinize, row, royalty, rubric, ruffled, run, rutted, rutty, sad,
     scabby, scale, scandalous, scatological, schlock, screen, scrubby,
     scruffy, scummy, scurfy, scurvy, section, seniority, separate,
     sept, sequence, serial order, series, sesquialtera, set, set up,
     shabby, shagged, shaggy, shallow structure, shameful, shameless,
     shattering, shawm, sheer, shitty, shocking, shoddy, sickening,
     sieve, sift, sinful, single file, situation, size, slabby, slimy,
     sloppy, sloshy, slot, slot and filler, sludgy, slushy, small,
     smellful, smelling, smelly, smutty, soldiers, sordid, sort,
     sort out, sour, spectrum, sphere, spitz flute, spoiled, sposhy,
     spot, squad, squadron, squalid, staff, stage, stale, stand,
     stand first, standardize, standing, star, stark, stark-staring,
     state, station, stature, status, stenchy, stinking, stop,
     stopped diapason, stopped flute, strain, strata, stratum, string,
     string diapason, string out, string stop, strong, strong-flavored,
     strong-tasting, structure, stuffy, subdivide, subdivision,
     subgroup, subject, suborder, subordinate, subordination,
     succession, sulfurous, superabundant, superiority, superlative,
     surface structure, surpassing, swath, syntactic analysis,
     syntactic structure, syntactics, syntax, systematize, tabulate,
     tactical unit, tagmeme, tainted, take precedence, task force,
     terrible, textured, the veriest, thick, thorough, thoroughgoing,
     thread, tier, tierce, title, too bad, total, train, tranquilize,
     tremolo, trombone, troop, trumpet, turned, twelfth, type,
     unalloyed, unbearable, unclean, unconscionable, uncouth,
     unda maris, undeniable, underlying structure, undiluted,
     unequivocal, uneven, unforgivable, unit, unkempt, unlevel,
     unmentionable, unmitigated, unpardonable, unpolished, unqualified,
     unrefined, unrelieved, unsmooth, unspeakable, unspoiled, ununiform,
     unweeded, unworthy, usher in, utter, valuate, value, vibrato,
     vicious, vile, villainous, viola, voix celeste, vomity,
     vox angelica, vox humana, vulgar, weed-choked, weed-ridden, weedy,
     weevily, weight, weightiness, wicked, wimpled, windrow, wing,
     woeful, word arrangement, word order, workers, wormy, worst,
     worthless, wretched, wrong, yecchy, yucky

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  RANK, n.  Relative elevation in the scale of human worth.
      He held at court a rank so high
      That other noblemen asked why.
      "Because," 'twas answered, "others lack
      His skill to scratch the royal back."
                                                            Aramis Jukes

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