Adjective "Rank" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A position in the hierarchy of the armed forces.
  1. 'he was promoted to the rank of Captain'
  2. 'He later became senior medical officer in Borneo with the rank of lieutenant colonel.'
  3. 'The position for wearing the badges of warrant officer rank changed from the lower forearm to the mid-upper arm at the end of 1996.'
  4. 'Romanian Americans were also represented in significant numbers during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and many were promoted to officer ranks.'
  5. 'There were 34 generals of different ranks from the Egyptian Armed Forces on board the plane.'
  6. 'These super Sailors were chosen from the ‘best of the best,’ and as such, were meritoriously promoted to the rank of chief petty officer.'
  7. 'Over the last two decades, about ten percent of the enlisted Special Forces troops were promoted to Warrant Officer rank.'
  8. 'There are those who like him - largely in the officer or senior NCO ranks - and those who do not - normally private Soldiers.'
  9. 'I can think of nothing finer to do for this general officer today than promote her to the rank of major general.'
  10. 'In addition to putting in order the system of assignment to positions, it is advisable to enhance the importance of every officer rank.'
  11. 'In May 2003, he was promoted to the highest rank of cadet officer.'
  12. 'Expensive costumes were a vital part of the visual appeal of theatre, and characters of high social rank were represented by appropriately luxurious clothing.'
  13. 'Under this complex system everyone was assigned a rank within society.'
  14. 'Position and rank within an organization mean very little.'
  15. 'Access to literacy was always determined by social rank and by sex.'
  16. 'Wilhemina is in her late 20s and overworking herself as she climbs the ranks in her surgical unit.'
  17. 'Since then Anthony has risen within the company ranks to the position of directing animator, and now calls California home.'
  18. 'persons of rank and breeding'
  19. 'Traditional values included an acceptance of behavior dependent on social rank.'
  20. 'The rank and social standing of the subjects of portraiture are also expressed by conventions, which shift with time.'
  21. 'Abraham had a penchant for being critical and had no hesitation in publicly chastising his colleagues, regardless of their rank or position.'
  22. 'We are hoping that she will marry well, to a man with security for her and with connections and family and status and even social rank.'
  23. 'Many of the most important rules of etiquette serve to mark differences in social rank.'
  24. 'Even a complete dunce with absolutely no sense of social rank and cliques would know that a guy like Matt should never go to a party hosted by my sister.'
  25. 'Clothing was central to social definition, defining one's gender, social rank, occupation, age, marital status, or ethnic identity.'
  26. 'Mona looked ruffled, which wasn't a really unusual expression for her to carry around, given her social rank.'
  27. 'Based on results from the vocabulary and reading comprehension sections, participants were assigned a percentile rank.'
  28. 'For the purpose of this study, a percentile rank of [is less than or equal to] 25 was considered below average for that group.'
  29. 'Higher percentile ranks indicated better relative performance.'
A single line of soldiers or police officers drawn up abreast.
  1. 'However, one development was the use of fewer ranks of soldiers making them less susceptible to artillery fire.'
  2. 'The girls tossed flowers and blew kisses as the ranks of military personnel passed by, a supportive gesture tinged with romanticism.'
  3. 'By doctrine, to be sure, military police stand in the front ranks of first responders when service support units become incapable of defending themselves.'
  4. 'The procession passed ranks of red-clad guards, their gold badges shining brightly in the sunlight, and turned into the sanded courtyard outside the hall.'
  5. 'As soon as motorists get used to counting two cameras before putting their foot down, it will be necessary to install three in a row, then four and so on until the whole county is covered by serried ranks of cameras.'
  6. 'He turned back to the village and closely inspected its scattered ranks of gray houses; the windows were opaque and the doors sealed shut.'
  7. 'One could perhaps disappear into the olive groves that grew in smoky ranks along the highway, or into the deserted farmsteads that lay in the shadow of the heights.'
  8. 'Dawn sees a group of hollow-eyed divers gathered on the beach in a fine drizzle, staring slack-jawed at serried ranks of white horses charging towards us atop crackling green breakers.'
  9. 'Here vegetation tends towards dark and spiky lushness, though Darwin itself is trim, its greenery coiffed, its palm trees serried in wind-ruffled ranks around the shoreline.'
  10. 'The grey, flinty slopes covered in the serried ranks of vineyards, gave way to the high pastures, the Alpine meadows, which nourished the famed milch cattle of Switzerland.'
  11. 'Meanwhile Black is pinned on the back rank and is thus playing without half his pieces, the black queen-Rook and black queen-Bishop.'
  12. 'The first rank is always where White sets up his major pieces; the eighth rank is where Black sets up his major pieces.'
  13. 'He dismissed any suggestion that the central rank posed a danger to people crossing the road to get a taxi.'
  14. 'They said regular day-time taxi users, who include elderly people and parents with young children, have said they are afraid to queue at the rank because of the situation.'
The people belonging to or constituting a group or class.
  1. 'Ever since, the boys in blue have largely come from the ranks of the working and lower middle classes.'
  2. 'With the influx of new blood every year, ready-made stars, they have a massive advantage over the ordinary club side, who must make up the numbers from within their own ranks.'
  3. 'But this past summer, the movement faced even more formidable organizing challenges within its own ranks.'
  4. 'Over the past 10 years, 300,000 extra women have joined the ranks of those working outside the home.'
  5. 'And this much we know already: unless we open up political debate within our own ranks, our politics will not be improved.'
  6. 'The bad news is that there will inevitably be job losses in the hundreds, if not thousands, among the ranks of common bank workers.'
  7. 'Governments rose and fell, new participants swelled the ranks of the political elite, and the middle class kept expanding.'
  8. 'This semester, I am both humbled and proud to join the ranks of published columnists who choose to express their opinions for the consumption of the masses.'
  9. 'They would join the regular ranks of the public.'
  10. 'Though not quite gifted enough to enter the ranks of the elite, he wasn't through with sports.'
  11. 'he was fined and reduced to the ranks'
  12. 'He was sentenced to be reduced to the ranks and put under stoppages of pay until he had made good the sum of £1,200 compensation to his victim.'
  13. 'In addition to this resistance within the ranks, military families have become public anti-war spokespeople and frontline activists.'
  14. 'He had the required service in the ranks but wondered whether as a former commissioned officer he was eligible for admission.'
  15. 'Well, in other military news tonight, there's some grumbling in the ranks over a new combat award.'
  16. 'By May 1945 there were 8,300,000 soldiers in the Army's ranks.'
  17. 'There's a lot of work to be done within the ranks.'
  18. 'The ranks of the regular army were drawn overwhelmingly from the highly urbanized, heavily garrisoned northern and eastern frontier districts.'
  19. 'Dissent within the ranks was substantial, officers had lost control, desertion had increased, and soldiers wanted to go home regardless of orders.'
  20. 'These were youths of noble birth and of doubtful education who would serve in the ranks and then receive commissions after two or more years' service.'
The value or the order of the largest non-zero determinant of a given matrix.
  1. 'The rank of this matrix is 1, so that the equation is identified.'
  2. 'The rigidity of a matrix is the number of entries in a matrix which need to be changed in order to bring the rank of the matrix down to a certain value.'


Give (someone or something) a rank or place within a grading system.
  1. with object and complement 'she is ranked number four in the world'
  2. 'To qualify for the Games in 2002, competitors had to show they could deliver a score or time which would rank them within the top ten in their event.'
  3. 'In this admirable system, one ranks the candidates in order of preference.'
  4. 'The country ranks 15th among the 40 most attractive countries to host company outsourcing.'
  5. 'They also send surveys to financial analysts asking them to rank companies within the industries they cover.'
  6. 'On this scale, one may now rank the different propulsion systems available to different types of civilizations.'
  7. 'Because of the increased usage of the Internet for transacting business, students were asked to rank their understanding of e-commerce.'
  8. 'Review the list above and rank yourself as you did with the first list.'
  9. 'Rugby ranks 15th among school sports and physical activities - just behind dance!'
  10. 'I know that you can do better than that and just stay there because he has given you the most respect and ranked you higher than any other of his generals.'
  11. 'he now ranks third in America'
  12. 'His achievement ranked among the best in Irish sport and his reward for lifting the spirits of a nation was to be named Irish Person of the Year at a televised ceremony.'
  13. 'The awards ceremony, when the list of 50 companies will be ranked according to percentage growth, is on Wednesday.'
  14. 'The once or twice my PE instructor, Sarge, forced me to play in public basketball competitions rank among my most painful memories.'
  15. 'He must once again be ranked among the profession's leading designers and the gaming world is a better place because of it.'
  16. 'Financial concerns were ranked as the greatest obstacle for students of color attending graduate programs.'
  17. 'I would say it ranks among the best in the world, and it's not just me who thinks so.'
  18. 'At this point, anything will help a unit that ranks near the bottom of the NFL in average for kickoff coverage and returns.'
  19. 'But the true of measure of its success is its efficiency, ranked among the best in the world.'
  20. 'They spent much of the 2002 season ranked among the best in the province, only to stumble in an abbreviated playoff format due to a labour dispute.'
  21. 'Leadership ranks as the single most important ingredient to successful warfighting.'
Arrange in a row or rows.

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    1. a number of persons forming a separate class in a social hierarchy or in any graded body.

    2. a social or official position or standing, as in the armed forces: the rank of captain.

    3. high position or station in the social or some similar scale: a woman of rank.

    4. a class in any scale of comparison.

    5. relative position or standing: a writer of the first rank.

    6. a row, line, or series of things or persons: orchestra players arranged in ranks.

    7. ranks. the members of

    More examples(as adjective)

    "units can be rank in places."

    "wines can be rank as wines."

    "smells can be rank about people."

    "people can be rank as underwriters."

    "notes can be rank as debts."

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    (rank)Middle English (in the sense ‘row of things’): from Old French ranc, of Germanic origin; related to ring.


    break rank (or ranks)
    close ranks
    keep rank
    pull rank
    rise through (or from) the ranks