- any of the lines or streams in which light appears to radiate from a luminous body.
- the straight line normal to the wave front in the propagation of radiant energy.
- a stream of material particles all moving in the same straight line.
- one of a system of straight lines emanating from a point.
- Also called half-line. the part of a straight line considered as originating at a point on the line and as extending in one direction from that point.
- one of the branches or arms of a starfish or other radiate animal.
- one of the bony or cartilaginous rods in the fin of a fish.
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OTHER WORDS FROM rayray·like, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for ray
"He brought Ray Charles to the mix as an influence on rock & roll," E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt once raved.
Thanks to CompStat and strategies added by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, crime continued to decline.
I have been a Ray Harryhausen fan since I was six or seven years old.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth|Alex Suskind|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And soon all of America got to see Ray in the ring with Janay, hitting her with a shot in the jaw.
Jones ruled for Ray and he is now back in business, eligible to sign with any NFL club.
"It wouldn't be fair to take it for that," said Ray, flushing.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906|Lucy Maud Montgomery
A dark cloud hangs over the land, so thick, so dark, a ray of hope can hardly penetrate it.The Works of Daniel Webster, Volume 1|Daniel Webster
A ray of light came over Mr. Cane's stern visage as he asked, "You weren't playing garbage-man, were you?"Sube Cane|Edward Bellamy Partridge
He wanted no ray of light to steal out into the growing darkness and make a target.The Strength of the Pines|Edison Marshall
I wished the night might last forever, that the only ray of hope might not be gone.The Dean's Watch|Erckmann-Chatrian