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noun \ˈrā\

Definition of ray

  1. :  any of an order (Rajiformes) of usually marine cartilaginous fishes (as stingrays and skates) having the body flattened dorsoventrally, the eyes on the upper surface, and enlarged pectoral fins fused with the head

Origin and Etymology of ray

Middle English raye, from Anglo-French raie, from Latin raia


First Known Use: 14th century

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ray

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Definition of ray

  1. 1 a :  any of the lines of light that appear to radiate from a bright object b :  a beam of radiant energy (as light) of small cross section c (1) :  a stream of material particles traveling in the same line (as in radioactive phenomena) (2) :  a single particle of such a stream

  2. 2 a :  light cast by rays :  radiance b :  a moral or intellectual light

  3. 3 :  a thin line suggesting a ray: as a :  any of a group of lines diverging from a common center b :  half line

  4. 4 a :  one of the bony rods that extend and support the membrane in the fin of a fish b :  one of the radiating divisions of the body of a radiate animal (as a starfish)

  5. 5 a :  a branch or flower stalk of an umbel b (1) :  medullary ray (2) :  vascular ray c :  ray flower 1

  6. 6 :  particle, trace <a ray of hope>

rayed

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Origin and Etymology of ray

Middle English, from Anglo-French rai, from Latin radius rod, ray


First Known Use: 14th century


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ray

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Definition of ray

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to shine in or as if in rays b :  to issue as rays

  3. 2 :  to extend like the radii of a circle :  radiate

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to emit in rays

  6. 2 :  to furnish or mark with rays

Examples of ray in a sentence

  1. <klieg lights were raying against the nighttime sky at the Hollywood premiere>

  2. <laugh wrinkles rayed out from the corners of the old man's eyes>

1598

First Known Use of ray

1598


Ray

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biographical name \ˈrā\

Definition of Ray

  1. John 1627–1705 Eng. naturalist


Ray

biographical name

Definition of Ray

  1. Nicholas 1911–1979 born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle Am. film director


Ray

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biographical name \ˈrī, ˈrā\

Definition of Ray

  1. Satyajit 1921–1992 Indian film director, writer, & producer



RAY Defined for Kids

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ray

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noun \ˈrā\

Definition of ray for Students

  1. 1 :  one of the lines of light that appear to be given off by a bright object <rays of sunlight>

  2. 2 :  a thin beam of radiant energy (as light)

  3. 3 :  light cast in rays

  4. 4 :  a tiny bit :  particle <a ray of hope>

  5. 5 :  any of a group of lines that spread out from the same center

  6. 6 :  a straight line extending from a point in one direction only

  7. 7 :  a slender plant or animal structure <Bony rays support a fish's fin.>


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Definition of ray for Students

  1. :  a flat broad fish (as a skate or stingray) related to the shark that has its eyes on the top of its head and often winglike fins


Medical Dictionary

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ray

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noun \ˈrā\

Medical Definition of ray

  1. :  any of numerous elasmobranch fishes (order Hypotremata) having the body flattened dorsoventrally, the eyes on the upper surface, and a much-reduced caudal region having typically a slender process often with venomous spines


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ray

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Medical Definition of ray

  1. 1:  one of the lines of light that appear to radiate from a bright object

  2. 2:  a beam of radiant energy (as light) of small cross section

  3. 3a:  a stream of material particles traveling in the same line (as in radioactive phenomena)b:  a single particle of such a stream

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