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RANK. The order or place in which certain officers are placed in the army and navy, in relation to others, is called their rank.
     2. It is a maxim, that officers of, an inferior rank are bound to obey all the lawful commands of their superiors, and are justified for such obedience.

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Meanwhile, a senior Anglican bishop, Peter Forster, broke ranks with most of his colleagues and with the Archbishop of Canterbury to voice support for the U.
The fourth chapter examines the work of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, who broke ranks from Du Bois, Locke, and others seeking vindication on the concert stage, and celebrate d instead versions of black life expressed in the blues and other vernacular arts.
Davies, normally a news reporter, broke ranks to put Henry on the spot.
ROME: Pope John Paul II sometimes stops to pat a baby or two to the delight of crowds - but yesterday, dozens of Roman children broke ranks with protocol to mob the pontiff with hugs and kisses.
Solvay broke ranks in late April, splitting the increase into 3[cent] for May 1 and 2[cent] June 1.
She broke ranks with her husband by opposing his "don't ask, don't tell" policy, but when it comes to gay marriage, first lady Hillary Rodhan Clinton is standing by her man.
THE crew of HMS Invincible yesterday broke ranks to speak of their frustration about being sent into the Balkan war zone.
The debate was at times heated, and even members of the majority New Progressive Party (NPP) broke ranks when it came time to vote.
Carolina Freight (NYSE: CAO), the fifth largest union freight carrier, tonight broke ranks from the final contract offer from Trucking Management, Incorporated that has been rejected by the Teamsters Union.
In 1983, Kevin Padian on the University of California, Berkeley, broke ranks with other researchers when he proposed pterosaurs were not quadrupedal but bipedal, walking on two feet.
to enjoy high COR drivers since it broke ranks with the R&A in 1998 and imposed the 0.
Summary: Berlin, June 30, 2010, SPA -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a political setback today when some of her declared supporters broke ranks in an initial secret ballot for a new German president, dpa reported.