from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A position assigned on a scale; a standing.
  • n. A classification according to specialty or proficiency, as of a member of the armed forces.
  • n. Chiefly British An enlisted person in the navy.
  • n. An evaluation of the financial status of a business or person: a credit rating.
  • n. A specified performance limit, as of capacity, range, or operational capability: the power rating of a light fixture.
  • n. The popularity of a television or radio program as estimated by a poll of segments of the audience.
  • n. A harsh scolding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of rate.
  • n. A position on a scale
  • n. An evaluation of status, especially of financial status
  • n. A number, letter, or other mark that refers to the ability of something.
  • n. A seaman in a warship
  • n. The status of a seaman, corresponding to rank in officers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A scolding.
  • n. A fixing of rates; proportionate distribution as to charge or compensation; determination of relative values or rights.
  • n. Classification according to grade or rank; determination of relative standing; hence, rank or grade.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. act of ascertaining or fixing the value or worth of
  • n. standing or position on a scale
  • n. rank in a military organization
  • n. an appraisal of the value of something


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