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Definition of Ray


  1. To array.
  2. To mark, stain, or soil; to streak; to defile.
  3. Array; order; arrangement; dress.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. One of the radiating spines, or cartilages, supporting the fins of fishes.
  7. One of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Sight; perception; vision; -- from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen.
  11. One of a system of diverging lines passing through a point, and regarded as extending indefinitely in both directions. See Half-ray.
  12. To mark with long lines; to streak.
  13. To send forth or shoot out; to cause to shine out; as, to ray smiles.
  14. To shine, as with rays.
  15. Any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order Raiae, including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, etc.
  16. In a restricted sense, any of the broad, flat, narrow-tailed species, as the skates and sting rays. See Skate.

Ray Quotations

Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.
Lord Byron

Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Woman is a ray of God. She is not that earthly beloved: she is creative, not created.

I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed.
B. B. King

One day, I'll be listening to a bunch of Ray Charles, the next day it's nothing but Red Hot Chili Peppers. The next day it might be Tupac all day.
J. Cole
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Ray Translations

ray in Afrikaans is radio
ray in Dutch is straal, spaak
ray in German is strahl, Schimmer, ausstrahlen, Strahl
ray in Italian is raggio, emettere
ray in Portuguese is raio
ray in Spanish is raya, rayo
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