- 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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Potential solutions to the problem include building radiation shielding around quantum computers or locating them underground, where cosmic rays aren’t able to penetrate so easily.Could Quantum Computing Progress Be Halted by Background Radiation?|Edd Gent|August 31, 2020|Singularity Hub
It was founded by the Bentley brothers—Barry, Keith, Ray, and Greg—in 1984.Buy or pass? The pros and cons of investing in 9 upcoming tech IPOs from Palantir to Asana|Aaron Pressman|August 29, 2020|Fortune
As seniors, we finally got to take the computer graphics course we were so looking forward to, learning many amazing ways to visually express the world using code—for example, with ray tracing and particle simulation.
When they create lower-energy gamma rays, those gamma rays won’t be pointed at us.
These particles then collide with other photons, turning them into low-energy gamma rays.
"He brought Ray Charles to the mix as an influence on rock & roll," E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt once raved.
An x-ray two hours later confirms my hunch: my tibia (the big bone behind the shin) is snapped clean in two.
This is admittedly a loaded question, but do you feel James Earl Ray really killed Martin Luther King Jr.?Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History|Marlow Stern|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
A ray of Consciousness is passed over that impression and you re-read it, you re-awaken the record.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Gordon turned his pleading eyes on his old friend without a ray of concession; but for a moment he hesitated.Confidence|Henry James
Presently a ray of inspiration dispelled the cloud from the features of the battered man.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
The landing was in darkness, but as Gunn spoke he directed the ray of a pocket lamp upon a bronze plate bearing the name "Kazmah."
But the ray had shone upon the frosted glass long enough to enable Kerry to read the words painted there in square black letters.