(Ran"som), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ransomed (-sumd); p. pr. & vb. n. Ransoming.] [Cf. F.
rançonner. See Ransom, n.]
1. To redeem from captivity, servitude, punishment, or forfeit, by paying a price; to buy out of servitude
or penalty; to rescue; to deliver; as, to ransom prisoners from an enemy.
2. To exact a ransom for, or a payment on. [R.]
Such lands as he had rule of he ransomed them so grievously, and would tax the men two or three
times in a year.Berners.
(Ran"som*a*ble) a. Such as can be ransomed.
(Ran"som*er) n. One who ransoms or redeems.
(Ran"som*less), a. Incapable of being ransomed; without ransom. Shak.
(Rant) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ranted; p. pr. & vb. n. Ranting.] [OD. ranten, randen, to dote, to be
enraged.] To rave in violent, high-sounding, or extravagant language, without dignity of thought; to be
noisy, boisterous, and bombastic in talk or declamation; as, a ranting preacher.
Look where my ranting host of the Garter comes!Shak.
(Rant), n. High-sounding language, without importance or dignity of thought; boisterous, empty
declamation; bombast; as, the rant of fanatics.
This is a stoical rant, without any foundation in the nature of man or reason of things.Atterbury.
1. A noisy talker; a raving declaimer.
2. (Eccl. Hist.) (a) One of a religious sect which sprung up in 1645; called also Seekers. See
Seeker. (b) One of the Primitive Methodists, who seceded from the Wesleyan Methodists on the ground
of their deficiency in fervor and zeal; so called in contempt.
(Rant"er*ism) n. (Eccl. Hist.) The practice or tenets of the Ranters.