From English Xray; some agencies have changed original spelling "x-ray" to "xray" to clarify that it is to be pronounced as a single word (single stress).
X-ray or Xray
- (international standards) NATO, ICAO, ITU & IMO phonetic alphabet clear code for the letter X.
- (nautical) Signal flag for the letter X.
- (time zone) UTC−11:00
the letter "X" in a national spelling alphabet
- ^ DIN 5009:2022-06, Deutsches Institut für Normung, June 2022, page Anhang B: Buchstabiertafel der ICAO („Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet“)
From X + ray, a calque of German X-Strahl, coined by Wilhelm Röntgen upon his discovery of the rays in 1895, X signifying their unknown nature.
- Short wavelength electromagnetic radiation usually produced by bombarding a metal target in a vacuum. Used to create images of the internal structure of objects; this is possible because X-rays pass through most objects and can expose photographic film.
- X-rays are light with a wavelength between 0.1 and 10 nm.
- A radiograph: a photograph made with X-rays.
- The doctor ordered some X-rays of my injured wrist.
- 2012 June 2, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Belgium”, in BBC Sport:
- And this friendly was not without its injury worries, with defender Gary Cahill substituted early on after a nasty, needless push by Dries Mertens that caused him to collide with goalkeeper Joe Hart, an incident that left the Chelsea defender requiring a precautionary X-ray at Wembley.
- An X-ray machine.
- (radiation): Röntgen radiation / Rontgen radiation / Roentgen radiation
- (radiation): Röntgen rays / Rontgen rays / Roentgen rays
- (radiation): X-ray radiation
short wavelength electromagnetic radiation
photograph made with X-rays
X-ray (third-person singular simple present X-rays, present participle X-raying, simple past and past participle X-rayed)
- (transitive, informal) To take a radiograph of; to obtain an image of using X-ray radiation, especially for the purpose of medical diagnostic evaluation.
- Of course there was nothing wrong with my left wrist. They X-rayed the wrong arm!
to take a radiograph of
X-ray (not comparable)
- Of or having to do with X-rays.
- I had to put my bags through an X-ray scanner at the airport.
- 1974, Shel Silverstein, “Who”, in Where the Sidewalk Ends, HarperCollins:
- Who will fly and have X-ray eyes— And be known as the man no bullet can kill?
of or having to do with X-rays
- X-ray on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- A picture of an X-ray machine