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Meaning & Definition of Ray in English

English

Ray

/re/

noun

1. A column of light (as from a beacon)

    synonym:
  • beam
  • ,
  • beam of light
  • ,
  • light beam
  • ,
  • ray
  • ,
  • ray of light
  • ,
  • shaft
  • ,
  • shaft of light
  • ,
  • irradiation

2. A branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence

    synonym:
  • ray

3. (mathematics) a straight line extending from a point

    synonym:
  • ray

4. A group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation

    synonym:
  • beam
  • ,
  • ray
  • ,
  • electron beam

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

    synonym:
  • re
  • ,
  • ray

6. Any of the stiff bony spines in the fin of a fish

    synonym:
  • ray

7. Cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside

  • Most swim by moving the pectoral fins
    synonym:
  • ray

verb

1. Emit as rays

  • "That tower rays a laser beam for miles across the sky"
    synonym:
  • ray

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • radiate
  • ,
  • ray

3. Expose to radiation

  • "Irradiate food"
    synonym:
  • irradiate
  • ,
  • ray