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[rah] /rɑ/
noun
1.
the 10th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin of
From Arabic

Ra

[rah] /rɑ/
noun, Egyptian Religion.
1.
a sun god of Heliopolis, a universal creator worshiped throughout Egypt (typically represented as a hawk-headed man bearing on his head the solar disk and the uraeus).
Also, Re.

Ra

Symbol, Chemistry.
1.

RA

1.
regular army.

R.A.

1.
rear admiral.
2.
Astronomy. right ascension.
3.
royal academician.
4.
Royal Academy.
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  • He also is, like ra and Osiris, a god of the under-world to which men go after death.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
  • Thus it was that other deities assumed a solar character as forms of ra.

  • O ra, ra, to think that it was you all the while who were committing all these thefts!

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • Remember the leap to death and the Boat of ra, and those by whom it was captained.

    Morning Star H. Rider Haggard
  • The primacy of ra is illustrated by the fact that Amon was identified with him.

  • The names of other deities also were combined with that of ra.

  • The holy fathers have refused to celebrate the birth of ra with him.

    Uarda, Complete Georg Ebers
  • Have you ever known my tongue sin against the lovely daughter of ra?

    Uarda, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for ra

Ra1

Chemical symbol
1.
radium

Ra2

/rɑː/
noun
1.
the ancient Egyptian sun god, depicted as a man with a hawk's head surmounted by a solar disc and serpent

RA

abbreviation
1.
rear admiral
2.
(astronomy) right ascension
3.
(in Britain) Royal Academician or Academy
4.
(in Britain) Royal Artillery
5.
Argentina (international car registration)
Word Origin
(sense 5) from República Argentina
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Word Origin and History for ra

Ra

"hawk-headed sovereign sun god of Egyptian mythology," from Egyptian R' "sun, day."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ra in Medicine

Ra
The symbol for the element radium.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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ra in Science
Ra  
The symbol for radium.
radium
  (rā'dē-əm)   
Symbol Ra
A rare, bright-white, highly radioactive element of the alkaline-earth group. It occurs naturally in very small amounts in ores and minerals containing uranium, and it is naturally luminescent. Radium is used as a source of radon gas for the treatment of disease and as a neutron source for scientific research. Its most stable isotope is Ra 226 with a half-life of 1,622 years. Atomic number 88; melting point 700°C; boiling point 1,737°C; valence 2. See Periodic Table.
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Slang definitions & phrases for ra

RA

noun

Anger; the RED ASS (1942+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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