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  1. lacking rays or raylike parts.
  2. unlit, dark, or gloomy: a rayless cave.
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Origin of rayless

First recorded in 1735–45; ray1 + -less
Related formsray·less·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for rayless

Historical Examples

  • They all stood at the windows looking out into the rayless night.

    Henry IV, Makers of History

    John S. C. Abbott

  • Darkness hemmed him in, in rayless and triumphant obscurity.

    Under the Witches' Moon

    Nathan Gallizier

  • That morning there had broken over her a storm of rayless despair.


    Edward Frederic Benson

  • Far down into the dim, waveless, rayless depths, Mona has gone.

    A Veldt Official

    Bertram Mitford

  • Never before had all glint of hope been lost in rayless blackness.

    Under Handicap

    Jackson Gregory

British Dictionary definitions for rayless


  1. dark; gloomy
  2. lacking raysa rayless flower
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Derived Formsraylessly, adverbraylessness, noun
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