Rankest
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. [1913 Webster]

And, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good. --Gen. xli. 5. [1913 Webster]

2. Raised to a high degree; violent; extreme; gross; utter; as, rank heresy. ``Rank nonsense.'' --Hare. ``I do forgive thy rankest fault.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Causing vigorous growth; producing luxuriantly; very rich and fertile; as, rank land. --Mortimer. [1913 Webster]

4. Strong-scented; rancid; musty; as, oil of a rank smell; rank-smelling rue. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

5. Strong to the taste. ``Divers sea fowls taste rank of the fish on which they feed.'' --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

6. Inflamed with venereal appetite. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rank modus — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ranker — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cant — Cant, v. i. 1. To speak in a whining voice, or an affected, singsong tone. [1913 Webster] 2. To make whining pretensions to goodness; to talk with an affectation of religion, philanthropy, etc.; to practice hypocrisy; as, a canting fanatic. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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