death ray

noun

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 Played by George Barrows, the alien robot Ro-Man comes to Earth and kills most of humanity with his death ray, but spares Alice (Barrett),a scientist's daughter, after he becomes attracted to her. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 Their sloughed bodies look like the remnants of a cicada massacre, perhaps by death ray. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, 17 Aug. 2020 His second-in-command, Janney’s Pam Gluckin, is more hard-nosed—her deadpan glare is practically a death ray. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 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, 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, 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, 24 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of death ray

1896, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2021

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“Death ray.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/death%20ray. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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