Definition and Meanings for ray

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Ray is ranked 34,540 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of ray

transitive verb, noun, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of ray

an aphetic form of array; cf. beray of. rai, f. rais, fr. l. radius a beam or ray, staff, rod, spoke of a wheel. cf. radius cf. of. raier, raiier, rayer, l. radiare to irradiate. see ray, n., and cf. radiate from ray, n.pos f. raie, l. raia. cf. roach

Meaning of ray


as transitive verb

  • to array.
  • to mark, stain, or soil; to streak; to defile.

as noun

  • array; order; arrangement; dress.

as noun

  • one of a number of lines or parts diverging from a common point or center, like the radii of a circle; as, a star of six rays.
  • a radiating part of a flower or plant; the marginal florets of a compound flower, as an aster or a sunflower; one of the pedicels of an umbel or other circular flower cluster; radius. see radius.
  • one of the radiating spines, or cartilages, supporting the fins of fishes.;one of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran.
  • a line of light or heat proceeding from a radiant or reflecting point; a single element of light or heat propagated continuously; as, a solar ray; a polarized ray.;one of the component elements of the total radiation from a body; any definite or limited portion of the spectrum; as, the red ray; the violet ray. see illust. under light.
  • sight; perception; vision; -- from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen.
  • one of a system of diverging lines passing through a point, and regarded as extending indefinitely in both directions. see half-ray.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun

  • to mark with long lines; to streak.

as noun

  • to send forth or shoot out; to cause to shine out; as, to ray smiles.

as intransitive verb

  • to shine, as with rays.

as noun

  • any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order raiae, including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, etc.;in a restricted sense, any of the broad, flat, narrow-tailed species, as the skates and sting rays. see skate.
  • No antonyms for ray

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