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As one result of this, our Navy ranks larger, in comparison, than it ever did before.

Since then we have been found in the ranks of your enemies; but this was your fault, not ours.

Wasn't there enough loafers round, without him joining the ranks?

Young Howard beckoned to the professor from his place in the ranks.

All the Banjaur tribes had been well represented in the enemy's ranks.

Their burdens deposited, they took their places in front of the ranks of the warriors.

He then bade me carry the goose into the ranks, and to come to him when we halted at night.

Voluntarily, then, he had stepped from the ranks of the hunters to those of the hunted.

He was no simple and lowly one from the ranks of the disinherited.

And all ranks and guilds had their signs, by which they might be known.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "row, line series;" c.1400, a row of an army, from Old French renc, ranc "row, line" (Modern French rang), from Frankish *hring or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German hring "circle, ring"), from Proto-Germanic *khrengaz "circle, ring" (see ring (n.1)).

Meaning "a social division, class of persons" is from early 15c. Meaning "high station in society" is from early 15c. Meaning "a relative position" is from c.1600.

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