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Definitions of ray

  1. To provide with rays; send or go out as rays. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. To array. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To mark, stain, or soil; to streak; to defile. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To send forth, as a beam of light. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To shine, as with rays. Webster Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. emit as rays; "That tower rays a laser beam for miles across the sky" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To shoot forth. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. To shoot forth in lines; to streak. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. any of the stiff bony rods in the fin of a fish Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. a branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. (mathematics) a straight line extending from a point Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. Array; order; arrangement; dress. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. One of the radiating spines, or cartilages, supporting the fins of fishes. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. One of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. One of a system of diverging lines passing through a point, and regarded as extending indefinitely in both directions. See Half-ray. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To mark with long lines; to streak. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To send forth or shoot out; to cause to shine out; as, to ray smiles. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order Raiae, including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. In a restricted sense, any of the broad, flat, narrow-tailed species, as the skates and sting rays. See Skate. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. Sight; perception; vision; - from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  28. A line of light or heat proceeding from a point: intellectual light: apprehension. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  29. A class of fishes including the skate, thornback, and torpedo. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  30. A beam of light; family of flat fishes. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  31. A narrow beam of light; anything radiating from an object, as a spine of a fish's fin or a ray - like flower. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. A fish having the body depressed into the form of a flat disk; a torpedo. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. A genus of cartilaginous fishes, including the skate, thorn back, stingray, &c. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  36. One of the bony spines supporting fins ; a division of a radiate animal, as an arm of an Asteroid. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  37. Rayless. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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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
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