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ray

Noun

1 a column of light (as from a beacon) [syn: beam, beam of light, light beam, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light, irradiation]
2 a branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence
3 (mathematics) a straight line extending from a point
4 a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation [syn: beam, electron beam]
5 the syllable naming the second (supertonic) note of any major scale in solmization [syn: re]
6 any of the stiff bony rods in the fin of a fish
7 cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins

Verb

1 emit as rays; "That tower rays a laser beam for miles across the sky"
2 extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center; "spokes radiate from the hub of the wheel"; "This plants radiates spines in all directions" [syn: radiate]
3 expose to radiation; "irradiate food" [syn: irradiate]

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Via etyl enm < etyl fro < etyl la radius

Noun

  1. A beam of light or radiation.
    I saw a ray of light through the clouds.
  2. a marine fish with a flat body, large wing-like fins, and a whip-like tail.
  3. A rib like reinforcing of bone or cartilage in a fish's fin.
  4. a line extending indefinitely in one direction from a point.
  5. a tiny amount.
    Unfortunately he didn't have a ray of hope.
Derived terms
Translations
beam of light or radiation
  • Arabic:
  • Catalan: raig
  • Chinese: 射線, 射线 (shèxiàn)
  • Czech: paprsek
  • Dutch: straal
  • Esperanto: radio, radiuso
  • Finnish: säde
  • French: rayon
  • German: Strahl
  • Greek: ακτίνα
  • Hebrew: קרן (qeren)
  • Hungarian: sugár
  • Indonesian: sinar
  • Italian: raggio
  • Japanese: 光線 (こうせん, kōsen)
  • Korean: 광선 (gwangseon)
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: تشک
  • Latvian: stars
  • Portuguese: raio
  • Romanian: rază
  • Russian: луч (luč)
  • Spanish: rayo
  • Swedish: stråle
  • Telugu: కిరణము(kiraNamu)
marine fish with a flat body, large wing-like fins, and a whip-like tail
mathematics: line extending indefinitely in one direction from a point
colloquial: tiny amount

Verb

  1. To emit something as if in rays.
  2. To radiate as if in rays

Etymology 2

Noun

ray
  1. An anglicised spelling of re.

Kurdish

Etymology

From Arabic

Noun

ray

Turkish

Etymology

From French rail

Noun

ray

Extensive Definition

Ray may refer to:
  • Batoidea (Rays, skates and sawfish), a superorder of cartilaginous fishes
  • Radiation
  • Ray (optics), idealized narrow beam of light
  • Ray, or half-line, in geometry or physics
  • Radius, which takes its name from the Latin word for "ray"
In fiction:
  • Heat-Ray, the primary offensive weapon used by the Martians in the H. G. Wells's classic science fiction novel The War of the Worlds
  • Metal Gear RAY, bipedal tank featured in the game Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • Ray (comics), DC Comics character
  • Ray (manga), manga about a female doctor with X-ray vision
In music:
In geography:
Other:

See also

ray in German: Ray
ray in Esperanto: RAY
ray in French: Ray (homonymie)
ray in Italian: RAY
ray in Dutch: Ray
ray in Japanese: レイ
ray in Polish: Ray
ray in Portuguese: Ray
ray in Finnish: Ray
ray in Swedish: Ray
ray in Volapük: Ray

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Reptilia, X ray, actinic ray, actinism, amplitude, antinode, atom, atomic beam, atomic ray, beam, beam of light, crest, de Broglie wave, diffraction, diffuse, diffusion, disperse, dispersion, drop, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic wave, emanate, emanation, frequency, frequency band, frequency spectrum, gamma ray, gleam, guided wave, in phase, infrared ray, interference, invisible radiation, jot, leam, light, longitudinal wave, lota, mechanical wave, minim, molecule, moonbeam, node, out of phase, patch, pencil, period, periodic wave, photon, radiance, radiate, radiation, radio wave, radiorays, radius, ray of light, reinforcement, resonance, resonance frequency, ribbon, ribbon of light, scatter, scattering, scrap, seismic wave, shaft, shock wave, shoot, shred, smidgen, solar rays, sound wave, spoke, spread, streak, stream, stream of light, streamer, sunbeam, surface wave, tidal wave, transverse wave, trough, ultraviolet ray, violet ray, wave, wave equation, wave motion, wave number, wavelength
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