ray gun


noun
  1. 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.

  2. a child's futuristic toy gun that emits sparks, whirring noises, etc.

Origin of ray gun

1
First recorded in 1930–35

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How to use ray gun in a sentence

  • He opened his eyes on a confused riot, saw Jim crouched, flashing ray-gun in hand.

    The Great Dome on Mercury | Arthur Leo Zagat
  • He began to toy with his ray gun, half interested in seeing if there were any sparks left in it.

    Martian V.F.W. | G.L. Vandenburg
  • The guns were something like the little boy's Captain Video ray gun, only larger.

    Martian V.F.W. | G.L. Vandenburg
  • The dazzling spout of a ray-gun shot past them, spattering against the wall in a shower of stars, and they had reached the exit.

    The Onslaught from Rigel | Fletcher Pratt
  • Sherman pulled with her, and at that moment another ray-gun flash struck it, just over their heads.

    The Onslaught from Rigel | Fletcher Pratt

British Dictionary definitions for ray gun

ray gun

noun
  1. (in science fiction) a gun that emits rays to paralyse, stun, or destroy

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