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array

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verb ar·ray \ ə-ˈrā \

Definition of array

transitive verb
1 :to dress or decorate especially in splendid or impressive attire :adorn
  • … he had already arrayed himself in his best clothes.
  • —Thomas Hardy
2 a :to set or place in order :draw up, marshal
  • the forces arrayed against us
b :to set or set forth in order (something, such as a jury) for the trial of a cause
3 :to arrange or display in or as if in an array
  • The … data are arrayed in descending order.
  • —Ed Burnett

arrayer

noun

Examples of array in a Sentence

  1. She arrayed herself in rich velvets and satins.

  2. a door arrayed for the holidays with a beautiful evergreen wreath

Recent Examples of array from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of array

Middle English, from Anglo-French arraier, from Vulgar Latin *arredare, from Latin ad- + a base of Germanic origin; akin to Goth garaiths arranged — more at ready


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array

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Definition of array

1 :an imposing group :large number
  • faced a whole array of problems
; also :variety, assortment
  • a broad array of styles
2 a :a regular and imposing grouping or arrangement :order
  • lined up … in soldierly array
  • —Donald Barthelme
b law :an orderly listing of jurors impaneled
b :rich or beautiful apparel :finery
4 :a body of soldiers :militia
  • the baron and his feudal array
5 a (1) :a number of mathematical elements arranged in rows and columns
(2) :a data structure in which similar elements of data are arranged in a table
b :a series of statistical data arranged in classes in order of magnitude
6 :a group of elements forming a complete unit
  • an antenna array

Examples of array in a Sentence

  1. an array of solar panels

  2. an array of baseball gloves in the corner of his room

Recent Examples of array from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of array

see 1array


ARRAY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of array for English Language Learners

  • : to place (a group of things) in a particular position so that they are in order or so that they look attractive

  • : to dress (someone, especially yourself) in fine clothing

  • : to put (soldiers) in a place or position so that they are ready to attack


array

noun

Definition of array for English Language Learners

  • : a large group or number of things

  • : a group of numbers, symbols, etc., that are arranged in rows and columns

  • : a way of organizing pieces of information in the memory of a computer so that similar kinds of information are together


ARRAY Defined for Kids

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array

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verb ar·ray \ ə-ˈrā \

Definition of array for Students

arrayed; arraying
1 :to place in order
  • Soldiers arrayed themselves for review.
  • The table was arrayed with all sorts of delicacies.
2 :to dress especially in fine or beautiful clothing He was arrayed like a prince.

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array

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Definition of array for Students

1 :an impressive group
  • You can choose from an array of colors.
2 :a group of persons (as soldiers) in a certain order
3 :fine or beautiful clothing
  • They were dressed in magnificent array.
4 :regular order or arrangement
5 :a group of mathematical elements (as numbers or letters) arranged in rows and columns

Law Dictionary

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array

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transitive verb ar·ray \ ə-ˈrā \

legal Definition of array

:to set (a jury) for trial; specifically :to set (a jury) by calling out the names of the jurors one at a time — compare impanel

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array

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legal Definition of array

:the group of people summoned to serve as jurors from which the jury will be chosen; also :a list of the jurors' names — see also challenge to the array at challenge — compare venire


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