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  8  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ray  \Ray\,  v.  t.  [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  fifth  that  did  it  ray.''  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ray  \Ray\,  n. 
  Array;  order  arrangement;  dress.  [Obs.] 
 
  And  spoiling  all  her  gears  and  goodly  ray.  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ray  \Ray\,  n.  [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  the  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.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  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  or  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. 
 
  {R["o]ntgen  ray}(Phys.),  a  kind  of  ray  generated  in  a  very 
  highly  exhausted  vacuum  tube  by  the  electrical  discharge. 
  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  radiographs,  or  sciagraphs 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ray  \Ray\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Rayed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Raying}.]  [Cf.  OF  raier,  raiier,  rayer,  L.  radiare  to 
  irradiate.  See  {Ray},  n.,  and  cf  {Radiate}.] 
  1.  To  mark  with  long  lines;  to  streak.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  [From  {Ray},  n.]  To  send  forth  or  shoot  out  to  cause  to 
  shine  out  as  to  ray  smiles.  [R.]  --Thompson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ray  \Ray\,  v.  t. 
  To  shine,  as  with  rays.  --Mrs.  Browning. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ray  \Ray\,  n.  [F.  raie,  L.  raia.  Cf  {Roach}.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  Any  one  of  numerous  elasmobranch  fishes  of  the  order 
  Rai[ae],  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 
  ({Stoasodon  n[`a]rinari})  of  the  Southern  United  States 
  and  the  West  Indies. 
 
  {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  {Myliobatid[ae]},  or 
  {[AE]tobatid[ae]}.  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  {Trygonid[ae]}  having  one  or  more  large  sharp, 
  barbed  dorsal  spines  on  the  whiplike  tail.  Called  also 
  {stingaree}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ray 
  n  1:  a  column  of  light  (as  from  a  beacon)  [syn:  {beam},  {beam  of 
  light},  {light  beam},  {ray  of  light},  {shaft},  {shaft  of 
  light}] 
  2:  a  branch  of  an  umbel  or  an  umbelliform  inflorescence 
  3:  (mathematics)  a  straight  line  extending  from  a  point 
  4:  the  syllable  naming  the  second  (supertonic)  note  of  any 
  major  scale  in  solmization  [syn:  {re}] 
  5:  any  of  the  stiff  bony  rods  in  the  fin  of  a  fish 
  6:  cartilaginous  fishes  having  horizontally  flattened  bodies 
  and  enlarged  winglike  pectoral  fins  with  gills  on  the 
  underside;  most  swim  by  moving  the  pectoral  fins 
  v  1:  emit  as  rays 
  2:  extend  like  the  radii  of  a  circle  [syn:  {radiate}] 
  3:  expose  to  radiation;  "irradiate  food"  [syn:  {irradiate}] 
  4:  send  out  real  or  metaphoric  rays;  "She  radiates  happiness" 
  [syn:  {radiate}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Ray,  MN 
  Zip  code(s):  56669 
  Ray,  ND  (city,  FIPS  65580) 
  Location:  48.34131  N,  103.16267  W 
  Population  (1990):  603  (316  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.5  sq  km  (land),  0.1  sq  km  (water) 
  Ray,  OH 
  Zip  code(s):  45672 




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