height. To get the range of (an object) (Gun.), to find the angle at which the piece must be raised
to reach (the object) without carrying beyond.
(Range"ment) n. [Cf. F. rangement.] Arrangement. [Obs.] Waterland.
1. One who ranges; a rover; sometimes, one who ranges for plunder; a roving robber.
2. That which separates or arranges; specifically, a sieve. [Obs.] "The tamis ranger." Holland.
3. A dog that beats the ground in search of game.
4. One of a body of mounted troops, formerly armed with short muskets, who range over the country,
and often fight on foot.
5. The keeper of a public park or forest; formerly, a sworn officer of a forest, appointed by the king's
letters patent, whose business was to walk through the forest, recover beasts that had strayed beyond
its limits, watch the deer, present trespasses to the next court held for the forest, etc. [Eng.]
(Ran"ger*ship), n. The office of the keeper of a forest or park. [Eng.]
(Ran"gle) v. i. To range about in an irregular manner. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
(||Ra"ni) n. [Hind. rani, Skr. rajni. See Rajah.] A queen or princess; the wife of a rajah. [Written
also ranee.] [India]
(Ra"nine) a. [L. rana a frog.]
1. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the frogs and toads.
2. (Anat.) Pertaining to, or designating, a swelling under the tongue; also, pertaining to the region where
the swelling occurs; applied especially to branches of the lingual artery and lingual vein.
(Rank) a. [Compar. Ranker (-er); 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
And, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.Gen. xli. 5.
2. Raised to a high degree; violent; extreme; gross; utter; as, rank heresy. "Rank nonsense." Hare. "I do
forgive thy rankest fault." Shak.
3. Causing vigorous growth; producing luxuriantly; very rich and fertile; as, rank land. Mortimer.
4. Strong-scented; rancid; musty; as, oil of a rank smell; rank-smelling rue. Spenser.
5. Strong to the taste. "Divers sea fowls taste rank of the fish on which they feed." Boyle.
6. Inflamed with venereal appetite. [Obs.] Shak.
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.