death ray

noun

Definition of death ray 

: a weapon that generates an intense beam of particles or radiation by which it destroys its target

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The Greek mathematician and inventor Archimedes used the parabolic mirror, so the story goes, to deter a fleet of approaching ships, crafting a solar death ray using panels of what was likely polished bronze. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Your Burning Questions About the Olympic Torch, Answered," 9 Feb. 2018 Despite his breakthrough inventions (alternating current, fluorescent bulbs, lasers, robotics, wireless power and even a death ray), he's fallen into obscurity. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "2017 Fall Theater Preview: World premieres, ambitious works take center stage at Cleveland's small professional houses," 24 Sep. 2017

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1896, in the meaning defined above

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death ray

noun

English Language Learners Definition of death ray

in stories : a weapon that sends out a very strong beam of energy that usually looks like light and that is able to destroy almost anything

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