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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beam, beam of light, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light, irradiationnoun

    a column of light (as from a beacon)

  2. raynoun

    a branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence

  3. raynoun

    (mathematics) a straight line extending from a point

  4. beam, ray, electron beamnoun

    a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation

  5. re, raynoun

    the syllable naming the second (supertonic) note of any major scale in solmization

  6. raynoun

    any of the stiff bony spines in the fin of a fish

  7. rayverb

    cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins

  8. rayverb

    emit as rays

    "That tower rays a laser beam for miles across the sky"

  9. radiate, rayverb

    extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center

    "spokes radiate from the hub of the wheel"; "This plants radiate spines in all directions"

  10. irradiate, rayverb

    expose to radiation

    "irradiate food"


  1. raynoun

    An anglicised spelling of re.

  2. raynoun

    The name of the letter u27E8/u27E9, one of two which represent the r sound in Pitman shorthand.

  3. Raynoun

    from a nickname meaning a king or a roe.

  4. raynoun

    In early fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), a personal opinion in adapting Shari'a law.

  5. Raynoun

    A surname from a Middle English nickname meaning a king or a roe.

  6. Raynoun

    A diminutive of the male given name Raymond, also used as a formal given name.

    -, or Raymond if it happened to be a boy, choosing it in the hope that a name like Ray would make a boy's life easier.

  7. Raynoun

    A diminutive of the female given name Rachel, more often spelled Rae.

    'Rachel told me―' 'Call her Ray. She hates Rachel.'

  8. Etymology: Via, from rai, from radius.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ray

    for array.

    Edmund Spenser.

  2. Raynoun

    Etymology: raie, rayon, Fr. radius, Lat.

    These eyes that roll in vain
    To find thy piercing ray, and find no dawn. John Milton.

    The least light, or part of light, which may be stopt alone, or do or suffer any thing alone, which the rest of the light doth not or suffers not, I call a ray of light. Newton.

    The air sharpen’d his visual ray. John Milton.

  3. To Rayverb

    To streak; to mark in long lines. An old word.

    Etymology: rayer, Fr. from the noun.

    Beside a bubbling fountain low she lay,
    Which she increased with her bleeding heart,
    And the clean waves with purple gore did ray. Fa. Qu.

    His horse is raied with the yellows. William Shakespeare.

    Was ever man so beaten? was ever men so raied? was ever man so weary? William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.


  1. Ray

    Finland's Slot Machine Association or RAY (Finnish: Raha-automaattiyhdistys) was a government-supervised and -owned nonprofit gaming (gambling) association (statutory corporation) in Finland. On January 1, 2017, RAY merged with the government-supervised and -owned nonprofit betting agency Veikkaus and Fintoto. The new company that was founded as a result is also called "Veikkaus". RAY was a gambling monopoly whose proceedings went to domestic charity such as pensioner care and gambling addiction treatment. While RAY was best known for its slot machines, the company also dealt in online gambling and controlled the only official casino in Finland, Casino Helsinki.RAY's operations were governed by legislation and decrees. The operations of the other Finnish gaming organisations, Veikkaus and Fintoto, are also based on the Finnish Lotteries Act. The act was last amended in 2012.RAY's revenue came from slot machines, casino games, and casino and digital gaming. All the proceeds from RAY's gaming operations were used to support Finnish health and welfare, and these funding decisions were also based on legislation.The history of the Tuplapotti predecessor, the Potti game, dates back to 1986, and in the 1990s a newer version of it was developed that rose to much greater popularity than its predecessor. The game was developed by Veikkaus (by then known as RAY), and the game is still one of the favorite gambling games in Finland.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rayverb

    to array

  2. Rayverb

    to mark, stain, or soil; to streak; to defile

  3. Raynoun

    array; order; arrangement; dress

  4. Raynoun

    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. Raynoun

    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. Raynoun

    one of the radiating spines, or cartilages, supporting the fins of fishes

  7. Raynoun

    one of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran

  8. Raynoun

    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. Raynoun

    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. Raynoun

    sight; perception; vision; -- from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen

  11. Raynoun

    one of a system of diverging lines passing through a point, and regarded as extending indefinitely in both directions. See Half-ray

  12. Raynoun

    to mark with long lines; to streak

  13. Raynoun

    to send forth or shoot out; to cause to shine out; as, to ray smiles

  14. Rayverb

    to shine, as with rays

  15. Raynoun

    any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order Raiae, including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, etc

  16. Raynoun

    in a restricted sense, any of the broad, flat, narrow-tailed species, as the skates and sting rays. See Skate

  17. Etymology: [OF. rai, F. rais, fr. L. radius a beam or ray, staff, rod, spoke of a wheel. Cf. Radius.]


  1. Ray

    Ray is a 2004 biographical film focusing on 30 years of the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. The independently produced film was directed by Taylor Hackford and starred Jamie Foxx in the title role; Foxx received an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance. Charles was set to attend an opening of the completed film, but he died of liver disease in June, several months before its premiere.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ray

    rā, n. array.—v.t. to array—hence, ironically, (Shak.) to bedaub. [Array.]

  2. Ray

    rā, n. a line of light or heat: a beam or gleam of intellectual light: a radiating part of any structure: (bot.) the outer part of a flower-cluster.—v.t. to radiate: to furnish with rays.—v.i. to shine out.—adjs. Rayed, having rays; Ray′less, without rays: destitute of light. [Fr. raie—L. radius, a rod.]

  3. Ray

    rā, n. a popular name for such flat, cartilaginous fishes as the skate, thornback, and torpedo.—n. Ray′-oil, oil prepared from the livers of ray-fish. [Fr. raie—L. raia.]

  4. Ray

    rā, n. the scab—a disease of sheep.

  5. Ray

    rā, n. (mus.) the second note of the diatonic scale.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ray

    A line of sight. Also, a flat rhomboidal fish with a rough skin; genus, Raia.

Editors Contribution

  1. ray

    A visible form of light and energy.

    The sun has beautiful beaming rays.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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  2. RAY

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RAY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ray is ranked #220 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ray surname appeared 133,171 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 45 would have the surname Ray.

    74.9% or 99,838 total occurrences were White.
    17.5% or 23,358 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 3,409 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 2,730 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.9% or 2,584 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.9% or 1,238 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ray' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3332

Anagrams for ray »

  1. yar

  2. ayr

  3. Ayr

  4. ary

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ray in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ray in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ray in a Sentence

  1. Craig Counsell:

    To get a negative X-ray, I know Elian Herrera spirits are lifted, it's a right thigh contusion but it's pretty significant. Elian Herrera got hit pretty good.

  2. Brown University Professor Peter Weber:

    The upgrade will benefit X-ray experiments in many different ways.

  3. Chris Rouland:

    No one was looking at the air space. So I wanted to build this cyber x-ray vision to be able to see what was inside a corporation's air space versus what was just plugged into the wired network or what was on a Wifi hotspot.

  4. John Flannery:

    We're keeping the X-ray business, period, it's intrinsically connected to the portfolio.

  5. Geoffrey Berman:

    Ray used fear, violence andcoercion to induce one young victim to engage in commercial sex acts to repay debts she did not actually owe.

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    irregularly slashed and jagged as if torn
    • A. pecuniary
    • B. sesquipedalian
    • C. naiant
    • D. lacerate

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