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