Ring vs Rank - What's the difference?

ring | rank |


As a noun ring

is ring (a place where some sports take place; as, a boxing ring) .

As an adjective rank is

heavy, serious, grievous.

ring

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), (m), also (m), (m), from (etyl) (m), . More at (l).

Noun

(en noun)
  • (label) A solid object in the shape of a circle.
  • # A circumscribing object, (roughly) circular and hollow, looking like an annual ring, earring, finger ring etc.
  • # A round piece of (precious) metal worn around the finger or through the ear, nose, etc.
  • #* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • The dearest ring in Venice will I give you.
  • # (label) A bird band, a round piece of metal put around a bird's leg used for identification and studies of migration.
  • # A burner on a kitchen stove.
  • # In a jack plug, the connector between the tip and the sleeve.
  • # An instrument, formerly used for taking the sun's altitude, consisting of a brass ring suspended by a swivel, with a hole at one side through which a solar ray entering indicated the altitude on the graduated inner surface opposite.
  • # (label) A flexible band partly or wholly encircling the spore cases of ferns.
  • (label) A group of objects arranged in a circle.
  • # A circular group of people or objects.
  • #* (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • And hears the Muses in a ring / Aye round about Jove's altar sing.
  • #*{{quote-book, year=1944, author=(w)
  • , title= The Three Corpse Trick, chapter=5 , passage=The hovel stood in the centre of what had once been a vegetable garden, but was now a patch of rank weeds. Surrounding this, almost like a zareba, was an irregular ring of gorse and brambles, an unclaimed vestige of the original common.}}
  • # (label) A formation of various pieces of material orbiting around a planet.
  • # (label) A large circular prehistoric stone construction such as (Stonehenge).
  • A piece of food in the shape of a ring.
  • A place where some sports or exhibitions take place; notably a circular or comparable arena, such as a boxing ring or a circus ring; hence the field of a political contest.
  • * (1672–1710)
  • Place me, O, place me in the dusty ring , / Where youthful charioteers contend for glory.
  • An exclusive group of people, usually involving some unethical or illegal practices.
  • * (Edward Augustus Freeman) (1823-1892)
  • the ruling ring at Constantinople
  • (label) A planar geometrical figure included between two concentric circles.
  • (label) A diacritical mark in the shape of a hollow circle placed above or under the letter; a .
  • (label) An old English measure of corn equal to the coomb or half a quarter.
  • * 1866 , James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England , Volume 1, page 168.
  • The ring is common in the Huntingdonshire accounts of Ramsey Abbey. It was equal to half a quarter, i.e., is identical with the coomb of the eastern counties. —
  • (label) A hierarchical level of privilege in a computer system, usually at hardware level, used to protect data and functionality (also protection ring ).
  • * 2007 , Steve Anson, Steve Bunting, Mastering Windows Network Forensics and Investigation (page 70)
  • Kernel Mode processes run in ring' 0, and User Mode processes run in ' ring 3.
  • (label) Either of the pair of clamps used to hold a telescopic sight to a rifle.
  • Synonyms
    * (circumscribing object) hoop, annulus, torus
    Derived terms
    * annual ring * benzene ring * boxing ring * brass ring * bull ring * calamari ring * chainring * circus ring * class ring * claw ring * coffee ring * D ring * diamond ring * division ring * earring * egg ring * engagement ring * enringed * finger ring * Fomalhaut dust ring * front ring * gas ring * growth ring * key ring/keyring * life ring * limbal ring * local ring * mancude-ring system * neck ring * nose ring * O-ring * oath ring * Olympic Rings * onion ring * pinky ring * piscatory ring * piston ring * planetary ring * prize ring * quotient ring * (w, Ring a Ring o' Roses) * ring-a-levio * ring armor * ring bark/ringbark/ring-bark * ring-billed * ring binder * ring dance * ring dove/ringdove * ring dropper * ring fence * ring finger/ringfinger * ring game * ringlike * ring mail/ringmail * ring of death * Ring of Fire * ring of steel * ring of truth * ring ouzel * ring parrot * ring plover * ring-porous * ring pull * ring rat * ring road * ring snake * ring spanner * ring species * ring spot * ring stand * ring system * ring-tailed * ring theory * ring thrush * ring toplogy * ringed * ringbearer * ringleader * ringlet * ringlike * ringneck * ring-neck(ed) * ringpiece * ringside * ring spot * ringstraked * ringtail * ring-tail(ed) * ringworm * rubber ring * run rings around * signet ring * seal ring * slip ring * smoke ring * snap ring * spy ring * star ring * synonym ring * teething ring * thumb ring * toe ring * token ring * tongue ring * tree ring * wedding ring
    See also
    Image:JO Atlanta 1996 - Boxe.jpg, A boxing ring . Image:Finger ring.jpg, A ring on a finger. Image:Tree rings.jpg, The rings of a tree. Image:Georges Seurat 019.jpg, The circus ring . Image:Bird ringing shandong.JPG, A ring on a bird's leg. Image:Saturn eclipse.jpg, The rings of Saturn.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To surround or enclose.
  • The inner city was ringed with dingy industrial areas.
  • (figuratively) To make an incision around; to girdle.
  • They ringed the trees to make the clearing easier next year.
  • To attach a ring to, especially for identification.
  • Only ringed hogs may forage in the commons.
    We managed to ring 22 birds this morning.
  • To surround or fit with a ring, or as if with a ring.
  • to ring a pig's snout
  • * Shakespeare
  • Ring these fingers.
  • (falconry) To rise in the air spirally.
  • * 1877 , (Gerard Manley Hopkins), :
  • .. how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing ..
    Derived terms
    * ringer

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The resonant sound of a bell, or a sound resembling it.
  • The church bell's ring could be heard the length of the valley.
    The ring of hammer on anvil filled the air.
  • (figuratively) A pleasant or correct sound.
  • The name has a nice ring to it.
  • (colloquial) A telephone call.
  • I’ll give you a ring when the plane lands.
  • Any loud sound; the sound of numerous voices; a sound continued, repeated, or reverberated.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • the ring of acclamations fresh in his ears
  • A chime, or set of bells harmonically tuned.
  • St Mary's has a ring of eight bells.
  • * Fuller
  • as great and tunable a ring of bells as any in the world
    Derived terms
    * give a ring * ringtone

    Verb

  • Of a bell, to produce sound.
  • The bells were ringing in the town.
  • To make (a bell) produce sound.
  • The deliveryman rang the doorbell to drop off a parcel.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The shard-borne beetle, with his drowsy hums, / Hath rung night's yawning peal.
  • (figuratively) To produce the sound of a bell or a similar sound.
  • Whose mobile phone is ringing ?
  • (figuratively) Of something spoken or written, to appear to be, to seem, to sound.
  • That does not ring true.
  • (transitive, colloquial, British, New Zealand) To telephone (someone).
  • I will ring you when we arrive.
  • to resound, reverberate, echo.
  • * 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
  • So he spoke, and it seemed there was a little halting at first, as of men not liking to take Blackbeard's name in Blackbeard's place, or raise the Devil by mocking at him. But then some of the bolder shouted 'Blackbeard', and so the more timid chimed in, and in a minute there were a score of voices calling 'Blackbeard, Blackbeard', till the place rang again.
  • * 1919 , (Boris Sidis), :
  • It is instructive for us to learn as well as to ponder on the fact that "the very men who looked down with delight, when the sand of the arena reddened with human blood, made the arena ring with applause when Terence in his famous line: ‘Homo sum, Nihil humani alienum puto’ proclaimed the brotherhood of man."
  • To produce music with bells.
  • (Holder)
  • (dated) To repeat often, loudly, or earnestly.
  • Derived terms
    * ring a bell * ring back * ringer * ringing * ring false * ring off * ring off the hook * ring out * ring someone's bell * ring true * ring up * unring

    Etymology 3

    A shortening of (etyl) ; coined by mathematician in 1892. (Reference: Harvey Cohn, Advanced Number Theory , page 49.)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (algebra) An algebraic structure which consists of a set with two binary operations, an additive operation and a multiplicative operation, such that the set is an abelian group under the additive operation, a monoid under the multiplicative operation, and such that the multiplicative operation is distributive with respect to the additive operation.
  • The set of integers, \mathbb{Z}, is the prototypical ring .
  • (algebra) An algebraic structure as above, but only required to be a semigroup under the multiplicative operation, that is, there need not be a multiplicative identity element.
  • The definition of ring without unity allows, for instance, the set 2\mathbb{Z} of even integers to be a ring.
    Hypernyms
    * pseudo-ring * semiring
    Hyponyms
    * commutative ring ** integral domain *** unique factorization domain, Noetherian domain **** principal ideal domain ***** Euclidean domain ****** field
    Derived terms
    * Boolean ring * polynomial ring
    See also
    Image:Latex integers.svg, The ring of integers.

    rank

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .

    Adjective

  • Strong of its kind or in character; unmitigated; virulent; thorough; utter.
  • Strong in growth; growing with vigour or rapidity, hence, coarse or gross.
  • * Bible, (w) xli. 5
  • And, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1944, author=(w)
  • , title= The Three Corpse Trick, chapter=5 , passage=The hovel stood in the centre of what had once been a vegetable garden, but was now a patch of rank weeds. Surrounding this, almost like a zareba, was an irregular ring of gorse and brambles, an unclaimed vestige of the original common.}}
  • Suffering from overgrowth or hypertrophy; plethoric.
  • * 1899 , (Joseph Conrad),
  • The moon had spread over everything a thin layer of silver—over the rank grass, over the mud, upon the wall of matted vegetation standing higher than the wall of a temple
  • Causing strong growth; producing luxuriantly; rich and fertile.
  • (Mortimer)
  • Strong to the senses; offensive; noisome.
  • Having a very strong and bad taste or odor.
  • * (Robert Boyle) (1627-1691)
  • Divers sea fowls taste rank of the fish on which they feed.
  • Complete, used as an intensifier (usually negative, referring to incompetence).
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=March 1, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC
  • , title= Chelsea 2-1 Man Utd , passage=Chelsea remain rank outsiders to retain their crown and they still lie 12 points adrift of United, but Ancelotti will regard this as a performance that supports his insistence that they can still have a say when the major prizes are handed out this season.}}
  • (label) Gross, disgusting.
  • (label) Strong; powerful; capable of acting or being used with great effect; energetic; vigorous; headstrong.
  • (label) Inflamed with venereal appetite.
  • (Shakespeare)
    Synonyms
    * (bad odor) stinky, smelly ** See also: pong (UK) * (complete) complete, utter

    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • (obsolete) Quickly, eagerly, impetuously.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.iii:
  • The seely man seeing him ryde so rancke , / And ayme at him, fell flat to ground for feare [...].
  • * Fairfax
  • That rides so rank and bends his lance so fell.

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) , which is of uncertain origin. Akin to (etyl) . More at (ring).

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A row of people or things organized in a grid pattern, often soldiers [the corresponding term for the perpendicular columns in such a pattern is "file"].
  • The front rank''' kneeled to reload while the second '''rank fired over their heads.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1907, author=
  • , title=The Dust of Conflict , chapter=7 citation , passage=Then there was no more cover, for they straggled out, not in ranks but clusters, from among orange trees and tall, flowering shrubs
  • # (chess) one of the eight horizontal lines of squares on a chessboard [the corresponding term for a vertical line is "file"].
  • (music) In a pipe organ, a set of pipes of a certain quality for which each pipe corresponds to one key or pedal.
  • One's position in a list sorted by a shared property such as physical location, population, or quality
  • Based on your test scores, you have a rank of 23.
    The fancy hotel was of the first rank.
  • (class)The level of one's position in a class-based society
  • a level in an organization such as the military
  • Private First Class (PFC) is the lowest rank in the Marines.
    He rose up through the ranks of the company from mailroom clerk to CEO.
  • (taxonomy) a level in a scientific taxonomy system
  • Phylum is the taxonomic rank below kingdom and above class.
  • (linear algebra) Maximal number of linearly independent columns (or rows) of a matrix.
  • The dimensionality of an array (computing) or tensor (mathematics).
  • (chess) one of the eight horizontal lines of squares on a chessboard (i.e., those which run from letter to letter). The analog vertical lines are the files .
  • Derived terms
    * break rank * close ranks * pull rank

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To place abreast, or in a line.
  • To have a ranking.
  • Their defense ranked third in the league.
  • To assign a suitable place in a class or order; to classify.
  • * I. Watts
  • Ranking all things under general and special heads.
  • * Broome
  • Poets were ranked in the class of philosophers.
  • * Dr. H. More
  • Heresy is ranked with idolatry and witchcraft.
  • (US) To take rank of; to outrank.
  • Anagrams

    * * * English intensifiers ----