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rank

(rank),
1. The ordinal position of an observation in the set of observations of which it is a member.
2. To order a set of observations according to their rank.
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They could have broken ranks and retaliated against these abusers.
A CATHOLIC priest has sensationally broken ranks and accused another priest of sexually abusing him.
Some of the most readable parts of Breaking Ranks II are the school profile sections titled, "In Their Own Words." These give an insider's view of schools that have successfully broken ranks by effecting systemic, coherent, student-centered change.
ONE of the front-runners for the position of Pope after John Paul II's death last year has broken ranks from Church policy to say condoms were a "lesser evil" in the fight against AIDS.
The pilots are said to have broken ranks with other unions at the carrier.
Archbishop Ndungane, the archbishop of Cape Town, has broken ranks with many African Anglicans by backing Bishop Robinson's consecration.
Since then, he says, his position has evolved, and he has broken ranks with his former colleagues on anti-abortion legislation.