[ uh-rey ]
/ əˈreɪ /

verb (used with object)

to place in proper or desired order; marshal: Napoleon arrayed his troops for battle.
to clothe with garments, especially of an ornamental kind; dress up; deck out: She arrayed herself in furs and diamonds.


Origin of array

1250–1300; Middle English arrayen < Anglo-French arayer, Old French are(y)er < Germanic; compare Old English ārǣdan to prepare, equivalent to ā- a-3 + ræde ready


ar·ray·er, nounun·ar·rayed, adjectivewell-ar·rayed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for array

/ (əˈreɪ) /


verb (tr)

Derived forms of array

arrayal, noun

Word Origin for array

C13: from Old French aroi arrangement, from arayer to arrange, of Germanic origin; compare Old English arǣdan to make ready
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Scientific definitions for array

[ ə-rā ]

Mathematics A rectangular arrangement of quantities in rows and columns, as in a matrix.
Numerical data ordered in a linear fashion, by magnitude.
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