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Definition of ray:

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

Synonyms:

quill, hint, the light, ray of light, peanuts, balance beam, dab, suspicion, spotlight, pecker, splash, irradiation, shade, driblet, smack, dick, brill, snap, barb, scruple, diversify, ounce, dram, tool, dazzle, shaft of light, scape, strain, lick, trace, calamus, skosh, enlighten, rotating shaft, shaft, scintilla, actinotherapy, cock, light beam, speck, touch, glow, shadow, bloater, coelacanth, irradiate, tad, incident ray, gaslight, beam of light, electron beam, bit, mite, radiation therapy, spot, slam, dig, shot, beam, smell, jibe, smidgen, daylight, atomic number 75, shine, spear, little, sprinkling, soup├žon, ace, nip, radiation, sun, shred, lamplight, diaphysis, bream, glare, radiotherapy, radiate, Re, radio beam, sparkle, lance, rhenium, gibe, prick, peter, light, candlelight, twinkle, putz, crumb, spatter.

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