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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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At least it is difficult to be extended to include possible complex and additive regularization schemes, such as the combination of sparsity with low rankness or structural sparsity.
Rankness has become a matter of mere metaphor in this soliloquy; Claudius's personification of his offense mimics the thing itself by detaching his flesh-and-blood body from the repercussions of his crime.
faint weedy rankness, listen at the lantana for a fairy wren piping
From the bath he said: "Words cannot describe the absolute rankness of the experience - the texture, the cold, the voyeurism - but somebody had to do it
The density of metaphors of rankness and the fact that "something is rotten in the state of Denmark" (1.