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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ray \Ray\ (r[=a]), verb (used with an object) [An aphetic form of array; cf. {Beray}.]

1. To array. [Obs.] --Sir T. More.

2. To mark, stain, or soil; to streak; to defile. [Obs.] "The filth that did it ray." --Spenser.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ray \Ray\, noun Array; order; arrangement; dress. [Obs.]

And spoiling all her gears and goodly ray. --Spenser.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ray \Ray\, noun [OF. rai, F. rais, fr. L. radius a beam or ray, staff, rod, spoke of a wheel. Cf. {Radius}.]

1. 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.

2. (Bot.) 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}.

3. (Zool.) (a) One of the radiating spines, or cartilages, supporting the fins of fishes. (b) One of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran.

4. (Physics) (a) 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. (b) 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}.

5. Sight; perception; vision; -- from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen.

All eyes direct their rays On him, and crowds turn coxcombs as they gaze. --Pope.

6. (Geom.) One of a system of diverging lines passing through a point, and regarded as extending indefinitely in both directions. See {Half-ray}.

{Bundle of rays}. (Geom.) See {Pencil of rays}, below.

{Extraordinary ray} (Opt.), that one of two parts of a ray divided by double refraction which does not follow the ordinary law of refraction.

{Ordinary ray} (Opt.) that one of the two parts of a ray divided by double refraction which follows the usual or ordinary law of refraction.

{Pencil of rays} (Geom.), a definite system of rays.

{Ray flower}, or {Ray floret} (Bot.), one of the marginal flowers of the capitulum in such composite plants as the aster, goldenrod, daisy, and sunflower. They have an elongated, strap-shaped corolla, while the corollas of the disk flowers are tubular and five-lobed.

{Ray point} (Geom.), the common point of a pencil of rays.

{Roentgen ray}, {R["o]ntgen ray} (r[~e]nt"g[e^]n r[=a]') (Phys.), a form of electromagnetic radiation generated in a very highly exhausted vacuum tube by an electrical discharge; now more commonly called {X-ray}. It is composed of electromagnetic radiation of wavelength shorter than that of ultraviolet light but longer than that of gamma rays. It is capable of passing through many bodies opaque to light, and producing photographic and fluorescent effects by which means pictures showing the internal structure of opaque objects are made, called X-rays, radiographs, sciagraphs, X-ray photographs, radiograms. So called from the discoverer, W. C. R["o]ntgen.

{X ray}, the R["o]ntgen ray; -- so called by its discoverer because of its enigmatical character, x being an algebraic symbol for an unknown quantity. [1913 Webster +PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ray \Ray\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Rayed} (r[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Raying}.] [Cf. OF. raier, raiier, rayer, L. radiare to irradiate. See {Ray}, noun, and cf. {Radiate}.]

1. To mark with long lines; to streak. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

2. [From {Ray}, noun] To send forth or shoot out; to cause to shine out; as, to ray smiles. [R.] --Thomson.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ray \Ray\, verb (used without an object) To shine, as with rays. --Mrs. Browning.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ray \Ray\, noun [F. raie, L. raia. Cf. {Roach}.] (Zool.) (a) Any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order Raiae, including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, etc. (b) In a restricted sense, any of the broad, flat, narrow-tailed species, as the skates and sting rays. See {Skate}.

{Bishop ray}, a yellow-spotted, long-tailed eagle ray ({Aetobatus narinari} syn. {Stoasodon narinari}) of the Southern United States and the West Indies; also called the {spotted eagle ray} and {white-spotted eagle ray}.

{Butterfly ray}, a short-tailed American sting ray ({Pteroplatea Maclura}), having very broad pectoral fins.

{Devil ray}. See {Sea Devil}.

{Eagle ray}, any large ray of the family {Myliobatidae}, or {Aetobatidae}. The common European species ({Myliobatis aquila}) is called also {whip ray}, and {miller}.

{Electric ray}, or {Cramp ray}, a torpedo.

{Starry ray}, a common European skate ({Raia radiata}).

{Sting ray}, any one of numerous species of rays of the family {Trygonidae} having one or more large, sharp, barbed dorsal spines on the whiplike tail. Called also {stingaree}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

ray

noun

1: a column of light (as from a beacon) [syn: {beam}, {beam of light}, {light beam}, {ray}, {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}, {ray}, {electron beam}]

5: the syllable naming the second (supertonic) note of any major scale in solmization [syn: {re}, {ray}]

6: any of the stiff bony spines 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 radiate spines in all directions" [syn: {radiate}, {ray}]

3: expose to radiation; "irradiate food" [syn: {irradiate}, {ray}]

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