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English Dictionary: Ray by the DICT Development Group
8 results for Ray
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a column of light (as from a beacon) [syn: beam, {beam of light}, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light, irradiation]
  2. a branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence
  3. (mathematics) a straight line extending from a point
  4. a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation
    Synonym(s): beam, ray, electron beam
  5. the syllable naming the second (supertonic) note of any major scale in solmization
    Synonym(s): re, ray
  6. any of the stiff bony spines in the fin of a fish
  7. cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
  1. emit as rays; "That tower rays a laser beam for miles across the sky"
  2. extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center; "spokes radiate from the hub of the wheel"; "This plants radiate spines in all directions"
    Synonym(s): radiate, ray
  3. expose to radiation; "irradiate food"
    Synonym(s): irradiate, ray
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ray \Ray\, v. t. [An aphetic form of array; cf. {Beray}.]
      1. To array. [Obs.] --Sir T. More.
      2. To mark, stain, or soil; to streak; to defile. [Obs.]
            [bd]The fifth that did it ray.[b8] --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ray \Ray\, n.
      Array; order; arrangement; dress. [Obs.]
               And spoiling all her gears and goodly ray. --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ray \Ray\, n. [OF. rai, F. rais, fr. L. radius a beam or ray,
      staff, rod, spoke of a wheel. Cf. {Radius}.]
      1. 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.
      2. (Bot.) A radiating part of the 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}.
      3. (Zo[94]l.)
            (a) One of the radiating spines, or cartilages, supporting
                  the fins of fishes.
            (b) One of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of
                  the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran.
      4. (Physics)
            (a) 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
            (b) 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}.
      5. Sight; perception; vision; -- from an old theory of
            vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the
            eye to the object seen.
                     All eyes direct their rays On him, and crowds turn
                     coxcombs as they gaze.                        --Pope.
      6. (Geom.) One of a system of diverging lines passing through
            a point, and regarded as extending indefinitely in both
            directions. See {Half-ray}.
      {Bundle of rays}. (Geom.) See {Pencil of rays}, below.
      {Extraordinary ray} (Opt.), that one or two parts of a ray
            divided by double refraction which does not follow the
            ordinary law of refraction.
      {Ordinary ray} (Opt.) that one of the two parts of a ray
            divided by double refraction which follows the usual or
            ordinary law of refraction.
      {Pencil of rays} (Geom.), a definite system of rays.
      {Ray flower}, [or] {Ray floret} (Bot.), one of the marginal
            flowers of the capitulum in such composite plants as the
            aster, goldenrod, daisy, and sunflower. They have an
            elongated, strap-shaped corolla, while the corollas of the
            disk flowers are tubular and five-lobed.
      {Ray point} (Geom.), the common point of a pencil of rays.
      {R[94]ntgen ray}(Phys.), a kind of ray generated in a very
            highly exhausted vacuum tube by the electrical discharge.
            It is capable of passing through many bodies opaque to
            light, and producing photographic and fluorescent effects
            by which means pictures showing the internal structure of
            opaque objects are made, called radiographs, or sciagraphs

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ray \Ray\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rayed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Raying}.] [Cf. OF. raier, raiier, rayer, L. radiare to
      irradiate. See {Ray}, n., and cf. {Radiate}.]
      1. To mark with long lines; to streak. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
      2. [From {Ray}, n.] To send forth or shoot out; to cause to
            shine out; as, to ray smiles. [R.] --Thompson.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ray \Ray\, v. t.
      To shine, as with rays. --Mrs. Browning.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ray \Ray\, n. [F. raie, L. raia. Cf. {Roach}.] (Zo[94]l.)
      (a) Any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order
            Rai[91], including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, etc.
      (b) In a restricted sense, any of the broad, flat,
            narrow-tailed species, as the skates and sting rays. See
      {Bishop ray}, a yellow-spotted, long-tailed eagle ray
            ({Stoasodon n[85]rinari}) of the Southern United States
            and the West Indies.
      {Butterfly ray}, a short-tailed American sting ray
            ({Pteroplatea Maclura}), having very broad pectoral fins.
      {Devil ray}. See {Sea Devil}.
      {Eagle ray}, any large ray of the family {Myliobatid[91]}, or
            {[92]tobatid[91]}. The common European species
            ({Myliobatis aquila}) is called also {whip ray}, and
      {Electric ray}, or {Cramp ray}, a torpedo.
      {Starry ray}, a common European skate ({Raia radiata}).
      {Sting ray}, any one of numerous species of rays of the
            family {Trygonid[91]} having one or more large, sharp,
            barbed dorsal spines on the whiplike tail. Called also

From U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]:
   Ray, MN
      Zip code(s): 56669
   Ray, ND (city, FIPS 65580)
      Location: 48.34131 N, 103.16267 W
      Population (1990): 603 (316 housing units)
      Area: 2.5 sq km (land), 0.1 sq km (water)
   Ray, OH
      Zip code(s): 45672
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