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death ray

a hypothetical ray that destroys life from a distance.
Origin of death ray
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "The green flash is a sort of a death ray," he summed up, aloud.

  • Unless the three men missing from the construction camp had died of it, however, it was not to be considered a death ray.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The merits of a story are not dependent on the number of people wiped out by one blast of a death ray!

  • We were offered four trillion dollars in bribes to hold it up; our lives were threatened and we were shot at with death ray guns.

    Mars Confidential Jack Lait
  • They have that death ray, but it's not quite as deadly as we might have feared, solely because our ships could outmaneuver them.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for death ray

death ray

an imaginary ray capable of killing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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