Definitions of ray

  1. a column of light ( as from a beacon)
  2. expose to radiation; " irradiate food"
  3. 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"
  4. emit as rays; " That tower rays a laser beam for miles across the sky"
  5. cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
  6. any of the stiff bony rods in the fin of a fish
  7. a branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence
  8. ( mathematics) a straight line extending from a point
  9. To array.
  10. To mark, stain, or soil; to streak; to defile.
  11. Array; order; arrangement; dress.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. One of the radiating spines, or cartilages, supporting the fins of fishes.
  15. One of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. One of a system of diverging lines passing through a point, and regarded as extending indefinitely in both directions. See Half- ray.
  19. To mark with long lines; to streak.
  20. To send forth or shoot out; to cause to shine out; as, to ray smiles.
  21. To shine, as with rays.
  22. Any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order Raiae, including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, etc.
  23. In a restricted sense, any of the broad, flat, narrow- tailed species, as the skates and sting rays. See Skate.
  24. Sight; perception; vision; - from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen.
  25. 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.
  26. To send forth, as a beam of light.
  27. A line of light or heat proceeding from a point: intellectual light: apprehension.
  28. A class of fishes including the skate, thornback, and torpedo.
  29. A beam of light; family of flat fishes.
  30. To provide with rays; send or go out as rays.
  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. Rayless.
  33. A fish having the body depressed into the form of a flat disk; a torpedo.
  34. 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.
  35. A genus of cartilaginous fishes, including the skate, thorn back, stingray, & c.
  36. To shoot forth.
  37. 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.
  38. To shoot forth in lines; to streak.
  39. One of the bony spines supporting fins ; a division of a radiate animal, as an arm of an Asteroid.

Usage examples for ray

  1. 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
  2. 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
  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. He was glad that Ray Minturn had never called him Tip, nor heard him called so. – Tip Lewis and His Lamp by Pansy
  5. " Well, Ray managed: he took Mr. Bousefield too literally. – Embarrassments by Henry James
  6. There's nothing but doubt and suspense; not a ray of comfort! – Prescott of Saskatchewan by Harold Bindloss
  7. The pathetic appeal for some ray of hope went straight to Twyford's heart. – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Chauve, passing by Le Ray, with an inn, 1446 ft. – The South of France--East Half by Charles Bertram Black
  11. I don't believe Ray ever knew what it was to be really scared. – The Voodoo Gold Trail by Walter Walden
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Ray looked after her. – Gigolo by Edna Ferber
  15. " 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
  16. A ray of light! – Idle Hour Stories by Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  17. Not all the clouds on the horizon could dim the brightness of that one sun ray which reached me. – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell