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Definitions of ray

  1. a column of light ( as from a beacon)
  2. a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation
  3. expose to radiation; " irradiate food"
  4. extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center; " spokes radiate from the hub of the wheel"; " This plants radiates spines in all directions"
  5. emit as rays; " That tower rays a laser beam for miles across the sky"
  6. cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
  7. any of the stiff bony rods in the fin of a fish
  8. the syllable naming the second ( supertonic) note of any major scale in solmization
  9. a branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence
  10. ( mathematics) a straight line extending from a point
  11. To shine forth.
  12. To array.
  13. To mark, stain, or soil; to streak; to defile.
  14. Array; order; arrangement; dress.
  15. One of a number of lines or parts diverging from a common point or center, like the radii of a circle; as, a star of six rays.
  16. A radiating part of a flower or plant; the marginal florets of a compound flower, as an aster or a sunflower; one of the pedicels of an umbel or other circular flower cluster; radius. See Radius.
  17. One of the radiating spines, or cartilages, supporting the fins of fishes.
  18. One of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran.
  19. A line of light or heat proceeding from a radiant or reflecting point; a single element of light or heat propagated continuously; as, a solar ray; a polarized ray.
  20. One of the component elements of the total radiation from a body; any definite or limited portion of the spectrum; as, the red ray; the violet ray. See Illust. under Light.
  21. One of a system of diverging lines passing through a point, and regarded as extending indefinitely in both directions. See Half- ray.
  22. To mark with long lines; to streak.
  23. To send forth or shoot out; to cause to shine out; as, to ray smiles.
  24. To shine, as with rays.
  25. Any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order Raiae, including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, etc.
  26. In a restricted sense, any of the broad, flat, narrow- tailed species, as the skates and sting rays. See Skate.
  27. Sight; perception; vision; - from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen.
  28. A line of light streaming from a bright center or source; any line along which radiant energy, or streams of energy issuing from a central source, exerts its force; as, a ray of heat, or an X ray; one of a number of thin lines spreading from a center; a beam of mental light; as, a ray of intelligence; the petals of certain flowers, as of a daisy; one of the rods which support the fin of a fish; one of the radiating arms of a starfish, etc.; any one of various fishes having a flat body and thin tail.
  29. To send forth, as a beam of light.
  30. Shine forth; send out lines of light, heat, etc.
  31. A line of light, heat, or other form of radioactivity. The rays from radium and other radioactive substances are produced by a spontaneous disintegration of the atom; they are material particles, electrically charged, or ethereal waves of the nature of those of sunlight.
  32. A line of light or heat proceeding from a point: intellectual light: apprehension.
  33. A class of fishes including the skate, thornback, and torpedo.
  34. A beam of light; family of flat fishes.
  35. To provide with rays; send or go out as rays.
  36. A narrow beam of light; anything radiating from an object, as a spine of a fish's fin or a ray - like flower.
  37. Rayless.
  38. A fish having the body depressed into the form of a flat disk; a torpedo.
  39. A line of light, or the right line supposed to be described by a particle of light; light; a beam of intellectual light; a radius; the outer part of a compound radiate flower; a spine in a tin.
  40. A genus of cartilaginous fishes, including the skate, thorn back, stingray, & c.
  41. To shoot forth.
  42. A line of light; something that shoots forth as from a centre; a gleam of intellectual light; in bot., the outer flowers in umbels, when differently formed from the inner; a fiat fish, so named from the structure of the pectoral fins, which resemble the rays of a fan.
  43. To shoot forth in lines; to streak.
  44. One of the bony spines supporting fins ; a division of a radiate animal, as an arm of an Asteroid.
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Usage examples for ray

  1. Chauve, passing by Le Ray with an inn, 1446 ft. – The South of France--East Half by Charles Bertram Black
  2. He was glad that Ray Minturn had never called him Tip, nor heard him called so. – Tip Lewis and His Lamp by Pansy
  3. A ray of sunlight was streaming in through an opening some six inches square, high up on the wall. – A Chapter of Adventures by G. A. Henty
  4. Not all the clouds on the horizon could dim the brightness of that one sun ray which reached me. – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell
  5. To come away, you rise into the red ray and stay in it till you grow to proper size, when you come down and land." – The Pygmy Planet by John Stewart Williamson
  6. A ray of light fell upon him, and he became convinced, as I had been, of the identity of this stream with the Darling, and suddenly turning his back upon it, left the question as much in the dark as before. – Expedition into Central Australia by Charles Sturt
  7. " Well, Ray managed: he took Mr. Bousefield too literally. – Embarrassments by Henry James
  8. The newcomer was named Harry Ray – Leo the Circus Boy by Ralph Bonehill
  9. That night neither star nor moon had shed a ray across the sky. – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
  10. There's nothing but doubt and suspense; not a ray of comfort! – Prescott of Saskatchewan by Harold Bindloss
  11. " She said: 'It's a long journey up the Ray – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  12. A ray of light! – Idle Hour Stories by Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  13. " But, dear, Peter's dead and Blair's dead,- and you can't live all your life alone: Just give me a ray of hope, Carly. – The Come Back by Carolyn Wells
  14. 141 Ray John, vi. – History of the English People, Index by John Richard Green
  15. Ray looked after her. – Gigolo by Edna Ferber
  16. I don't believe Ray ever knew what it was to be really scared. – The Voodoo Gold Trail by Walter Walden
  17. I dismissed the idea as absurd, but I found a ray of comfort in it which I should have been ashamed to confess. – Kent Knowles: Quahaug by Joseph C. Lincoln
  18. The pathetic appeal for some ray of hope went straight to Twyford's heart. – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  19. Oh, do not by a word destroy the faint ray which has struggled so bravely in my heart. – Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion by St. George Tucker
  20. Show the Ray for a minute every quarter of an hour, and on no account start up after you see the fire. – The Man Who Rocked the Earth by Arthur Train Robert Williams Wood
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