ray

ray
ray
ray1 [rā]
n.
[OFr rai < L radius: see RADIUS]
1.
a) any of the thin lines, or beams, of light that appear to come from a bright source
b) a graphic representation of one of these, as in heraldry
2.
a) any of several lines radiating from a center; radius
b) any straight line that extends from a point
3. a disclosure of mental or spiritual enlightenment [a ray of intelligence]
4. a tiny amount; slight trace [a ray of hope]
5. Bot.
a) RAY FLOWER
b) any of the pedicels, or flower stalks, of an umbel
c) a medullary ray
6. Physics
a) a stream of particles given off by a radioactive substance
b) any of the particles in such a stream
c) a straight line along which any part of a wave of radiant energy is regarded as traveling from its source to any given point
d) a beam of radiant energy of very small diameter
7. Zool.
a) any of the bony spines supporting the fin membrane of a fish
b) any of the sectors of a radially symmetrical animal, as a starfish
vi.
1. to shine forth in rays
2. to radiate
vt.
1. to send out in rays; emit
2. to supply with rays or radiating lines
rayless
adj.
raylike
adj.
ray2 [rā]
n.
[ME < MFr raie < L raia]
any of several orders (esp. Rajiformes) of cartilaginous fishes with a horizontally flat body, both eyes on the upper surface, widely expanded fins at each side, and a slender or whiplike tail, as the eagle rays, electric rays, and skates

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