Strong; powerful; capable of acting or of being used with great effect; energetic; vigorous; headstrong.Strong of its kind or in character; unmitigated; virulent; thorough; utter: as, rank poison; rank treason; rank nonsense.Strong in growth; growing with vigor or rapidity; hence, coarse or gross: said of plants.Suffering from overgrowth or hypertrophy, plethoric.Causing strong growth; producing luxuriantly; rich and fertile.Strong to the senses; offensive; noisome; rancid: as, a rank taste or odor.Hence Coarse or gross morally; offensive to the mind; obscene; indecent; foul.Ruttish; in heat.In law, excessive; exceeding the actual value: as, a rank modus.In mech., cutting strongly or deeply, as the iron of a plane set so as to project more than usual.Eager; anxious; impatient: as, he was rank to do it.Very angry; in a passion.Rankly; strongly; furiously.To become rank.n. A line, row, or range.n. Specifically— One of the rows of a body of troops, or of any persons similarly ranged in a right-and-left line; a line of soldiers or other persons standing abreast in a formation: distinguished from file, 5. See rank and file, under file.n. Hence— plural The lines or divisions of an army or any armed force; organized soldiery; the body or class of common soldiers; as, the ranks are full; to rise from the ranks; to reduce an officer to the ranks.n. In organ-building, a row or set of pipes, one for each digital of the keyboard. A mixture-stop is said to be of two, three, four, or five ranks, according to the numbers of pipes sounded at once by a single digital.n. One of the lines of squares on a chess-board running from side to side, in distinction from the files, which run from player to player.n. A row, as of leaves on a stem.n. A continuous line or course; a stretch.n. A class, order, or grade of persons; any aggregate of individuals classed together for some common reason, as social station, occupation, character, or creed: as, the Prohibition ranks; the ranks of the Anarchists.n. Grade in a scale of comparison; class or classification: natural or acquired status; relative position; standing.n. Specifically, of persons— Titular distinction or dignity; gradation by hereditary, official, or other title: as, civil, judicial, or military rank; the rank of baron or marquis; the rank of general or admiral; the rank of ambassador or governor. The relative rank of officers of the United States army and navy is as follows: General ranks with admiral; lieutenant-general with vice-admiral; major-general with rear-admiral; brigadier-general with commodore; colonel with captain; lieutenant-colonel with commander; major with lieutenant-commander; captain with lieutenant(senior grade); first lieutenant with lieutenant (junior grade); second lieutenant with ensign.n. Eminent standing or dignity; especially, aristocratic station or hereditary distinction, as in European monarchies; inherited or conferred social eminence.n. A ranging or roving; hence, discursive wandering; divagation; aberration.n. In geometry, the degree of a locus of lines.To arrange in a rank or ranks; place in a rank or line.To assign to a particular class, order, or division; fix the rank of; class.To take rank of or over; outrank; as, in the United States army, an officer commissioned simply as general ranks all other generals.To dispose in suitable order; arrange; classify.To fix as to state or estimation; settle; establish.To range; give the range to, as a gun in firing.To move in ranks or rows.Your cattle, too; Allah made them; serviceable dumb creatures; … they come ranking home at evening time.To be ranged or disposed, as in a particular order, class, or division; hold rank or station; occupy a certain position as compared with others: as, to rank above, below, or with some other man.To range; go or move about; hence, to bear one's self; behave.In British law: To have rank or standing as a claim in bankruptcy or probate proceedings.To put in a claim against the property of a bankrupt person or a deceased debtor: as, he ranked upon the estate.Unmanageable: said of a racehorse on the track.n. Specifically, rank in the United States army according to date of last commission.In logging, to haul and pile regularly: as, to rank bark or cord-wood.n. A name proposed by Perry for the thermodynamic quantity, .