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ray gun

a gun that can fire bursts of usually destructive or lethal rays:
a science fiction novel whose hero has a ray gun made of gold.
a child's futuristic toy gun that emits sparks, whirring noises, etc.
Origin of ray gun
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Farrow reached for a ray gun in a pile of equipment near him, and raised it.

  • But Sinclair turned and saw him coming, and jerked up the ray gun.

    The Revolt on Venus Carey Rockwell
  • Then he jammed the ray gun into Astro's back and ordered him down the hill.

    The Space Pioneers Carey Rockwell
  • He lashed out with his right fist, while grabbing for the ray gun with his left.

    The Space Pioneers Carey Rockwell
  • "I'm going to try and find a ray gun," he whispered quickly.

    Treachery in Outer Space Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
  • He stood just inside the doorway, the ray gun leveled at Tom.

    Treachery in Outer Space Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
  • He backed into the barrel of Tom's ray gun and stopped, terrified.

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
  • The last time you left Hope you were a half-baked kid with a yen for a ray gun.

  • Frantically, the Ptomenites brought their ray gun around to bear on the death-laden juggernaut.

    Before Egypt E. K. Jarvis
  • As they watched, they saw a pallid hand reaching out with a ray gun; and Wade swiftly pointed his own weapon.

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

ray gun

(in science fiction) a gun that emits rays to paralyse, stun, or destroy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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