- 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
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Examples from the Web for ray gun
He had been a dead man as surely as though shot with a ray-gun.The Planetoid of Peril
He had his ray-gun, and might cow them with it and free the girl.
The man in the doorway was pointing a ray-gun steadily at him!
Darl thrust into Jim's hand the ray-gun he had previously reserved.The Great Dome on Mercury
Arthur Leo Zagat
We each had a gravity cylinder at our belt and a ray-gun in our hand.Wandl the Invader
Raymond King Cummings
- (in science fiction) a gun that emits rays to paralyse, stun, or destroy
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