death ray


Definition of death ray

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

Examples of death ray in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His second-in-command, Janney’s Pam Gluckin, is more hard-nosed—her deadpan glare is practically a death ray. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "HBO's Gripping Bad Education Tells the Story of a Truly Epic Scam," 15 Apr. 2020 Roy Weatherby's darling, the .257, is one of the most powerful commercially available .25 calibers, and kills deer like a death ray. Jeff Johnston, Field & Stream, "11 Best Rifle Cartridges for Whitetail Deer," 22 Aug. 2019 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,, "2017 Fall Theater Preview: World premieres, ambitious works take center stage at Cleveland's small professional houses," 24 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of death ray

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Death ray.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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