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Ray meaning

ray - 17 dictionary results

  1. 1. To array.
  2. 2. To mark, stain, or soil; to streak; to defile.
  3. 3. Array; order; arrangement; dress.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. One of the radiating spines, or cartilages, supporting the fins of fishes.
  7. 7. One of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. One of a system of diverging lines passing through a point, and regarded as extending indefinitely in both directions. See Half- ray.
  11. 11. To mark with long lines; to streak.
  12. 12. To send forth or shoot out; to cause to shine out; as, to ray smiles.
  13. 13. To shine, as with rays.
  14. 14. Any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order Raiae, including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, etc.
  15. 15. In a restricted sense, any of the broad, flat, narrow- tailed species, as the skates and sting rays. See Skate.
  16. 16. Sight; perception; vision; - from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen.
  17. 17. A beam of light; family of flat fishes.

ray - examples of usage

  1. Sir William and Ray, father had been great friends in the old days. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  2. What was the fly that flew into his sun- ray this time, that it should make him remember a line of Horace, to be so pat with it, and to know what it meant, too? - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
  3. The sun- ray touched it, last of anything in the room, and died.... - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
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