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See also: Ray and rầy

EnglishEdit

Rays from the sun (1)
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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Via Middle English, from Old French rai, from Latin radius (staff, stake, spoke).

NounEdit

ray (plural rays)

  1. A beam of light or radiation.
    I saw a ray of light through the clouds.
  2. (zoology) A rib-like reinforcement of bone or cartilage in a fish's fin.
  3. (zoology) One of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran.
  4. (botany) A radiating part of a flower or plant; the marginal florets of a compound flower, such as an aster or a sunflower; one of the pedicels of an umbel or other circular flower cluster; radius.
  5. (obsolete) Sight; perception; vision; from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen.
    • Alexander Pope
      All eyes direct their rays / On him, and crowds turn coxcombs as they gaze.
  6. (mathematics) A line extending indefinitely in one direction from a point.
  7. (colloquial) A tiny amount.
    Unfortunately he didn't have a ray of hope.
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VerbEdit

ray (third-person singular simple present rays, present participle raying, simple past and past participle rayed)

  1. (transitive) To emit something as if in rays.
  2. (intransitive) To radiate as if in rays
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Elizabeth Barrett Browning to this entry?)
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Etymology 2Edit

Old French raie, from Latin raia.

NounEdit

ray (plural rays)

  1. A marine fish with a flat body, large wing-like fins, and a whip-like tail.
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Etymology 3Edit

Shortened from array.

VerbEdit

ray (third-person singular simple present rays, present participle raying, simple past and past participle rayed)

  1. (obsolete) To arrange. [14th-18th c.]
  2. (now rare) To dress, array (someone). [from 14th c.]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir T. More to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete) To stain or soil; to defile. [16th-19th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.4:
      From his soft eyes the teares he wypt away, / And form his face the filth that did it ray [] .

Etymology 4Edit

From its sound, by analogy with the letters chay, jay, gay, kay, which it resembles graphically.

NounEdit

ray (plural rays)

  1. The name of the letter ⟨/⟩, one of two which represent the r sound in Pitman shorthand.
Related termsEdit
  • ar, in Latin and the name of the other Pitman r

Etymology 5Edit

NounEdit

ray (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Array; order; arrangement; dress.
    • Spenser
      And spoiling all her gears and goodly ray.

Etymology 6Edit

Alternative forms.

NounEdit

ray (plural rays)

  1. (music) Alternative form of re.

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KurdishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic.

NounEdit

ray ?

  1. opinion

TurkishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French rail.

NounEdit

ray (definite accusative [[{{{1}}}#Turkish|{{{1}}}]], plural [[{{{2}}}#Turkish|{{{2}}}]])

  1. rail