Definitions of ray

  1. To provide with rays; send or go out as rays.
  2. To array.
  3. To mark, stain, or soil; to streak; to defile.
  4. To send forth, as a beam of light.
  5. To shine, as with rays.
  6. 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"
  7. emit as rays; " That tower rays a laser beam for miles across the sky"
  8. To shoot forth.
  9. To shoot forth in lines; to streak.
  10. cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
  11. any of the stiff bony rods in the fin of a fish
  12. a branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence
  13. ( mathematics) a straight line extending from a point
  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. Any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order Raiae, including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, etc.
  25. In a restricted sense, any of the broad, flat, narrow- tailed species, as the skates and sting rays. See Skate.
  26. Sight; perception; vision; - from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen.
  27. 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.
  28. A line of light or heat proceeding from a point: intellectual light: apprehension.
  29. A class of fishes including the skate, thornback, and torpedo.
  30. A beam of light; family of flat fishes.
  31. A narrow beam of light; anything radiating from an object, as a spine of a fish's fin or a ray - like flower.
  32. A fish having the body depressed into the form of a flat disk; a torpedo.
  33. 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.
  34. A genus of cartilaginous fishes, including the skate, thorn back, stingray, & c.
  35. 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.
  36. One of the bony spines supporting fins ; a division of a radiate animal, as an arm of an Asteroid.
  37. Rayless.