- to place in proper or desired order; marshal: Napoleon arrayed his troops for battle.
- to clothe with garments, especially of an ornamental kind; dress up; deck out: She arrayed herself in furs and diamonds.
- order or arrangement, as of troops drawn up for battle.
- military force, especially a body of troops.
- a large and impressive grouping or organization of things: He couldn't dismiss the array of facts.
- regular order or arrangement; series: an array of figures.
- a large group, number, or quantity of people or things: an impressive array of scholars; an imposing array of books.
- attire; dress: in fine array.
- an arrangement of interrelated objects or items of equipment for accomplishing a particular task: thousands of solar cells in one vast array.
- Mathematics, Statistics.
- an arrangement of a series of terms according to value, as from largest to smallest.
- an arrangement of a series of terms in some geometric pattern, as in a matrix.
- Computers. a block of related data elements, each of which is usually identified by one or more subscripts.
- Radio. antenna array.
Origin of array
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Examples from the Web for array
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And whether their preferred candidate wins or loses, they have a right to demand from their representative an array of services.Black Voters’ New Path to Power
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They set the battle in array, they uttered cries of defiance.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
Howbeit, what an array of Masters and Knights have we, and what a variety!The Book of Khalid
Its pathos, its humor, and its array of natural incidents are all satisfying.Dreamers of the Ghetto
What means that array of bottles, cups, saucers, and glasses on the chair at my head?Oswald Langdon
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Along the shelves stretched an array of bottles with liqueurs of every color.Mayflower (Flor de mayo)
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- an impressive display or collection
- an orderly or regular arrangement, esp of troops in battle order
- poetic rich clothing; apparel
- maths a sequence of numbers or symbols in a specified order
- maths a set of numbers or symbols arranged in rows and columns, as in a determinant or matrix
- electronics an arrangement of aerials spaced to give desired directional characteristics, used esp in radar
- law a panel of jurors
- the arming of military forces
- computing a regular data structure in which individual elements may be located by reference to one or more integer index variables, the number of such indices being the number of dimensions in the array
- to dress in rich attire; adorn
- to arrange in order (esp troops for battle); marshal
- law to draw up (a panel of jurors)
Word Origin and History for array
early 14c., from stem of Old French areer "to put in order," from Vulgar Latin *ar-redare (source of Italian arredare), from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + Frankish *ræd- "ready" or some cognate Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *raidjan "to place in order" (cf. Gothic garadis, Old English geræde "ready;" see ready (adj.)). Related: Arrayed; arraying.
mid-14c., "order, arrangement," from Anglo-French arrai, Old French aroi, from areer (see array (v.)).
- Mathematics A rectangular arrangement of quantities in rows and columns, as in a matrix.
- Numerical data ordered in a linear fashion, by magnitude.