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ray gun

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noun
  1. 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.
  2. a child's futuristic toy gun that emits sparks, whirring noises, etc.

Origin of ray gun

First recorded in 1930–35
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Examples from the Web for ray gun

Historical Examples

  • He had been a dead man as surely as though shot with a ray-gun.

    The Planetoid of Peril

    Paul Ernst

  • He had his ray-gun, and might cow them with it and free the girl.

    When the Sleepers Woke

    Arthur Leo Zagat

  • The man in the doorway was pointing a ray-gun steadily at him!

    When the Sleepers Woke

    Arthur Leo Zagat

  • Darl thrust into Jim's hand the ray-gun he had previously reserved.

  • We each had a gravity cylinder at our belt and a ray-gun in our hand.

    Wandl the Invader

    Raymond King Cummings


British Dictionary definitions for ray gun

ray gun

noun
  1. (in science fiction) a gun that emits rays to paralyse, stun, or destroy
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