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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. 2017.
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  • Frantically, the Ptomenites brought their ray gun around to bear on the death-laden juggernaut.

    Before Egypt E. K. Jarvis
  • Farrow reached for a ray gun in a pile of equipment near him, and raised it.

  • Should Ross see him, Tom would have to make an attempt to knock him out and get the ray gun before Quent could do anything.

    Treachery in Outer Space Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
  • But Sinclair turned and saw him coming, and jerked up the ray gun.

    The Revolt on Venus Carey Rockwell
  • Ross turned back to the ladder and flipped his ray gun on neutralizing charge, releasing Roger from the effects of the paralo ray.

    Treachery in Outer Space Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
  • "I'm going to try and find a ray gun," he whispered quickly.

    Treachery in Outer Space Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
  • Mason made an attempt to grab him, but Tom wrenched his body to one side and pulled the ray gun out of the other's hand.

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

  • He shot out of the chair and across the control room just as Loring fired his ray gun.

    Danger in Deep Space Carey Rockwell
  • 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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