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RANK (O.Fr. rant or rent, mod. rang, ...

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 893 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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RANK (O.Fr. rant or rent, mod. rang, generally connected with the O.E. and O.H.G. bring, a ring), a row or line, as of cabs or carriages, but especially of soldiers drawn up abreast in a line; in " rank and file " the " rank " is the horizontal line of soldiers, the " file " the vertical. From the sense of orderly arrangement " rank " is applied to grades or classes in a social or other organization, and particularly to a high grade, as in such expressions as a " person of rank." This word must be distinguished from the adjective " rank," over-luxuriant, coarse, strong, generally connected with the Low Ger. rank, thin, tall (cf. Du. rank, upright). The O.E. rinc, warrior, i.e. full-grown man, may be also connected with the word; Skeat refers also to " rack," to pull out straight.
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