Rank vs Reckon - What's the difference?

rank | reckon |

As an adjective rank

is heavy, serious, grievous.

As a verb reckon is

to count; to enumerate; to number; also, to compute; to calculate.

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Etymology 1

From (etyl) .


  • 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)
    * (bad odor) stinky, smelly ** See also: pong (UK) * (complete) complete, utter


    (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).


    (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


    (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 ----



    Alternative forms

    * (l) (obsolete)


    (en verb)
  • To count; to enumerate; to number; also, to compute; to calculate.
  • * ...then the priest shall reckon unto him the money according to the years that remain... --Lev. 27:18, King James Version .
  • I reckoned above two hundred and fifty on the outside of the church. .
  • To count as in a number, rank, or series; to estimate by rank or quality; to place by estimation; to account; to esteem; to repute.
  • * He was reckoned among the transgressors. Luke 23:37, King James Version
  • * For him I reckon not in high estate. .
  • To charge, attribute, or adjudge to one, as having a certain quality or value.
  • * ...faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. Romans 4:9, King James Version.
  • * Without her eccentricities being reckoned to her for a crime. .
  • To conclude, as by an enumeration and balancing of chances; hence, to think; to suppose; -- followed by an objective clause;
  • * For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. --Romans 8:18, King James Version.
  • * Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin... --Romans 6:11, King James Version
  • * I reckon he won't try that again.
  • To make an enumeration or computation; to engage in numbering or computing.
  • To come to an accounting; to make up accounts; to settle; to examine and strike the balance of debt and credit; to adjust relations of desert or penalty.
  • * Parfay," sayst thou, sometime he reckon shall." .
  • Derived terms

    * reckon for * reckon on, reckon upon * reckon with * reckon without


    * number * enumerate * compute * calculate * estimate * value * esteem * account * repute

    See also

    * calculate * guess