What does array mean?

Definitions for array

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word array.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. arraynoun

    an orderly arrangement

    "an array of troops in battle order"

  2. arraynoun

    an impressive display

    "it was a bewildering array of books"; "his tools were in an orderly array on the basement wall"

  3. array, raiment, regalianoun

    especially fine or decorative clothing

  4. arrayverb

    an arrangement of aerials spaced to give desired directional characteristics

  5. range, array, lay out, set outverb

    lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line

    "lay out the clothes"; "lay out the arguments"

  6. align, arrayverb

    align oneself with a group or a way of thinking


  1. arraynoun

    Clothing and ornamentation.

  2. arraynoun

    A collection laid out to be viewed in full.

  3. arraynoun

    An orderly series, arrangement or sequence.

  4. arraynoun

    A large collection.

    We offer a dazzling array of choices.

  5. arraynoun

    A vector.

  6. arraynoun

    A multidimensional array.

  7. arraynoun

    An associative array.

  8. arrayverb

    To clothe and ornament; to adorn or attire

    He was arrayed in his finest robes and jewels.

  9. arrayverb

    To lay out in an orderly arrangement; to deploy or marshal

  10. Etymology: From arrayen, from arayer (compare arayer, areer), from arredo, from *, of origin, from * or 0332033003420330033903330343, from raidaz, from reidʰ-. Cognate with gireiti, rede, geræde. More at ready.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ray

    for array.

    Edmund Spenser.

  2. Arraynoun

    Etymology: arroy, Fr. arreo, Sp. arredo, Ital. from reye, Teut. order. It was adopted into the middle Latin, mille hominumarraitorum, Knighton.

    The earl espying them scattered near the army, sent one to command them to their array. John Hayward.

    Wer’t thou sought to deeds,
    That might require th’ array of war, thy skill
    Of conduct would be such, that all the world
    Could not sustain thy prowess. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. iii.

    A gen’ral sets his army in array
    In vain, unless he fight and win the day. John Denham.

    A rich throne, as bright as sunny day,
    On which there sat most brave embellished
    With royal robes, and gorgeous array,
    A maiden queen. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    In this remembrance, Emily ere day
    Arose, and dress’d herself in rich array;
    Fresh as the month, and as the morning fair. John Dryden, Fables.

  3. To ARRAYverb

    Etymology: arroyer, old Fr.

    Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency, and array thyself with glory and beauty. Job, xl. 10.

    Now went forth the morn,
    Such as in highest heav’n, array’d in gold
    Empyreal. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi.

    One vest array’d the corps, and one they spread
    O’er his clos’d eyes, and wrapp’d around his head. Dryden.


  1. ARRAY

    ARRAY, also known as ARRAY Now, is an independent distribution company launched by film maker and former publicist Ava DuVernay in 2011 under the name African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM). In 2015, the company rebranded itself as ARRAY.


  1. array

    An array is a systematic arrangement of similar objects or elements, usually in rows and columns. In computing, an array refers to a data structure that contains a group of elements which are typically of the same type, such as integers or characters, etc. These elements can be individually identified by their index number within the array.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arraynoun

    order; a regular and imposing arrangement; disposition in regular lines; hence, order of battle; as, drawn up in battle array

  2. Arraynoun

    the whole body of persons thus placed in order; an orderly collection; hence, a body of soldiers

  3. Arraynoun

    an imposing series of things

  4. Arraynoun

    dress; garments disposed in order upon the person; rich or beautiful apparel

  5. Arraynoun

    a ranking or setting forth in order, by the proper officer, of a jury as impaneled in a cause

  6. Arraynoun

    the panel itself

  7. Arraynoun

    the whole body of jurors summoned to attend the court

  8. Arraynoun

    to place or dispose in order, as troops for battle; to marshal

  9. Arraynoun

    to deck or dress; to adorn with dress; to cloth to envelop; -- applied esp. to dress of a splendid kind

  10. Arraynoun

    to set in order, as a jury, for the trial of a cause; that is, to call them man by man

  11. Etymology: [OE. arai, arrai, OF. arrai, arrei, arroi, order, arrangement, dress, F. arroi; a (L. ad) + OF. rai, rei, roi, order, arrangement, fr. G. or Scand.; cf. Goth. raidjan, garaidjan, to arrange, MHG. gereiten, Icel. reii rigging, harness; akin to E. ready. Cf. Ready, Greith, Curry.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Array

    ar-rā′, n. order: dress: equipage.—v.t. to put in order: to arrange: to dress, adorn, or equip. [O. Fr. arroi, array, equipage—L. ad, and a Teut. root, found in Eng. Ready, Ger. bereit, A.S. gerǽde, preparation, Dan. rede, order.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. array

    The order of battle.--To array. To equip, dress, or arm for battle.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. array

    Order; disposition in regular lines; hence, a posture for fighting; as, drawn up in battle array.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'array' in Nouns Frequency: #2602

How to pronounce array?

How to say array in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of array in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of array in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of array in a Sentence

  1. Kim Lewis:

    The discovery of this novel compound challenges long-held scientific beliefs and holds great promise for treating an array of menacing infections.

  2. David Studinski:

    Gender nonconforming and transgender individuals face challenges within our own community, say nothing of the vast array of perceptions they experience outside of it. Compound that with the trials and tribulations of childhood and adolescence, and it's quite obvious why these amazing young people deserve to see 2 million people supporting them along Fifth Avenue, what the world will see in return are smiling young faces, lit up by the ecstatic energy of rainbow-flag-waving spectators. If they're OK with who they are, the world should be, too.

  3. Michael Brown:

    NATO's biggest challenge in 2015 will be focusing on and advancing its core mission ensuring the security of the alliance's members and promoting stability in Europe, this will be a challenge because the alliance's leaders have taken collective defense for granted for many years, because Russia has developed an array of unconventional tactics that will require new and unconventional responses, and because NATO will continue to be involved in training activities in Afghanistan.

  4. Eric Alm:

    Most of what's going in and out of a city is the water going in and sewage coming out, the change in water in and out reflects a broad array of human activity going on in a city.

  5. Randolph Silliman Bourne:

    No matter what we have come through, or how many perils we have safely passed, or how many imperfect and jagged - in some places perhaps irreparably - our life has been, we cannot in our heart of hearts imagine how it could have been different. As we look back on it, it slips in behind us in orderly array, and, with all its mistakes, acquires a sort of eternal fitness, and even, at times, of poetic glamour.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for array

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for array »


Find a translation for the array definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"array." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 26 Sep. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/array>.

Discuss these array definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for array? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    a white Southerner who supported Reconstruction policies after the American Civil War (usually for self-interest)
    • A. mealie
    • B. couvade
    • C. scalawag
    • D. collation

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for array: