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  • noun
    A position in the hierarchy of the armed forces. (an army officer of fairly high rank)
    A single line of soldiers or police officers drawn up abreast. (they were drawn up outside their barracks in long ranks)
    The people belonging to or constituting a group or class. (the ranks of the unemployed)
    The value or the order of the largest nonzero determinant of a given matrix. (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. (she is ranked number four in the world)
    Arrange in a rank or ranks.
  • adjective
    (of vegetation) growing too thickly and coarsely. (clumps of rank grass)
    (especially of air or water) having a foul or offensive smell. (breathing rank air)
    (especially of something bad or deficient) complete and utter (used for emphasis) (rank stupidity)


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