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Meaning of ranking

rank•ing

Pronunciation: (rang'king), [key]
— adj.
  1. senior or superior in rank, position, etc.: a ranking diplomat.
  2. prominent or highly regarded: a ranking authority on Soviet affairs.
  3. occupying a specific rank, position, etc. (often used in combination): a low-ranking executive.
—n.
  1. an act or instance of indicating relative standing.
  2. a list showing such standing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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