The entrance was guarded by ranks of soldiers.
The ranks of policeman followed the crowd.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1
His salary was determined by his rank and seniority.
The British are very aware of rank.
Colonel is a higher rank than Private.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 4
He rose from the ranks to become a leader.
The rank and file of the order disagree.
They polled their ranks.
He joined the ranks of the unemployed.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 5