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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a beam/ray/shaft of light (=a thin line of light)
▪ There was a shaft of light from the doorway.
a glimmer/ray of hope (=a little hope, or something that gives you a little hope)
▪ The new treatment gives patients a glimmer of hope.
a ray of sunshine
▪ A ray of sunshine filtered through the dirty window.
a shaft/ray/beam of sunlight
▪ A shaft of sunlight illuminated the left side of his face.
cathode ray tube
cosmic ray
gamma ray
the sun’s rays
▪ This moisturiser will also protect skin from the sun’s rays.
ultraviolet radiation/rays
▪ ultraviolet radiation from the sun
UV light/radiation/rays etc
▪ the sun's harmful UV rays
▪ This occurs in the upper atmosphere when neutrons produced by cosmic rays interact with nitrogen atoms.
▪ As noted earlier, water is the most useful shielding material against cosmic rays and solar protons.
▪ If mutagens like cosmic rays are present then all normal mutation rates are boosted.
▪ A stray cosmic ray might do the same thing.
▪ These isotopes begin to decay as soon as the meteorites enter the Earth's atmosphere, where they become shielded from cosmic rays.
▪ Glaser switched his area of research from bubble chambers and cosmic rays to molecular biology and biophysics.
▪ Deep space, however, is saturated with cosmic rays.
▪ These minerals receive radiation both internally, from the ceramic, and externally, from the burial environment and cosmic rays.
▪ These are the harmful rays which cause skin cancer.
▪ It has sunscreens to protect you from the sun's harmful rays, and a unique bio-collagen complex to nourish and moisturise.
▪ These preparations absorb or block out the sun's harmful ultra-violet rays.
▪ It filters out harmful ultra-violet rays and inhibits mould growth.
▪ The radial path of a light ray in these new coordinates is which has two solutions:.
▪ These light rays land on a group of nerve cells in the back of your eye, called the retina.
▪ Suddenly I realized that the paths of these light rays could never approach one another.
▪ To the Hawaiian eye, waves are light rays bending round the planet from distant lands.
▪ So the paths of light rays in the event horizon had always to be moving parallel to, or away from, each other.
▪ These visits cause some disturbance to the plants and to the paths of light rays.
▪ Possibly the occasional spurious light ray causes a corresponding bad reading whose error is averaged out.
▪ We also have to take into account the passage of light rays through the highly curved space-time near the expanding object.
▪ High up in the sky was a protective layer of gas that screened out dangerous ultraviolet rays from the sun.
▪ It allows an insomniac who can not get exposure to sunlight to still benefit from the regulating effects of ultraviolet rays.
▪ In one case, a market trader offered cheap sunglasses, claiming they protected the wearer from ultraviolet solar rays.
▪ They help deplete the ozone layer, allowing ultraviolet rays to cause deadly skin cancers.
▪ All sunscreens work because they contain ingredients which either absorb or reflect UV rays before they harm and damage the skin.
▪ To ward off the UV rays, wear a hat and bring sunscreen.
▪ The monitor picks up the amount of ultraviolet or UV rays coming from the sun.
▪ An intact Ozone Layer prevents about 99% of the sun's UV rays from reaching the Earth.
▪ If, for any reason, the stratospheric Ozone Layer becomes thin, its effectiveness as a barrier to UV rays decreases.
▪ Indeed, much development work is required before cathode ray tube performance can be attained.
▪ Male speaker Joe was more interested in wires and cathode ray tubes.
▪ The radiation emitted by these isotopes consists of alpha particles, beta particles, and gamma rays.
▪ The idea, in both the military and medical applications, is to use gamma rays to search for signs of radiation.
▪ Fresh soil samples, taken recently in the presence of journalists, are currently being investigated for gamma rays and alpha particles.
▪ The Director says that the Gamma rays can easily be detected at the far side of a foot of steel armor plating.
▪ X-rays and gamma rays are the shortest electromagnetic waves, with wavelengths less than a 1000 millionths of a centimetre.
▪ Indeed, both gamma rays and X-rays can be extremely damaging to living cells.
▪ Moreover, the detector would have to be in space, because gamma rays can not penetrate the atmosphere.
▪ We must lift detectors above the atmosphere to study gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet and long infrared radiations.
▪ Indeed, much development work is required before cathode ray tube performance can be attained.
▪ The company manufactures chemicals that absorb gasses in vacuum containers such as cathode-ray tubes used in televisions and stereos.
▪ He excelled when he caught fine rays of sunlight dappling the surface of a lake.
▪ Clothes, sleeping bags, spare canvas, all were hung up or spread out to catch a few rays of sunshine.
▪ The pink brick and grey slate was catching the dying rays of the sun.
soak up the sun/rays/sunshine etc
▪ As well as soaking up the sun, Emma says she's particularly looking forward to scuba diving and swimming in Stingray City.
▪ But everyone enjoyed the opportunity to relax, socialise and soak up the sun.
▪ Elena Fonti lay on the beach soaking up the sun.
▪ Others will take it easier, relax in the garden and soak up the sun.
▪ She had lain with Maggie beside the swimming pool and had let her whole body soak up the sun.
▪ The perfect setting for relaxing and soaking up the sun.
▪ Where fishermen once set out to sea, now travellers stop to soak up the sun which bakes the sandy shores.
▪ Without it, the green machinery that soaks up the sun's energy is starved.
▪ a gun that fires invisible rays
▪ The first rays of the sun pierced the canopy of leaves above us, and the forest began to wake up.
▪ the sun's rays
▪ Use a sunscreen to protect your skin against the sun's harmful rays.
▪ A conventional lens maps each light ray to a particular point on an image plane.
▪ If mutagens like cosmic rays are present then all normal mutation rates are boosted.
▪ Like the sun's rays, sunbeds accelerate ageing and increase the chances of getting skin cancer.
▪ On a sunny evening you can stay to catch the last of the sun's rays highlighting Scafell's famous buttresses.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ray \Ray\, n. [F. raie, L. raia. Cf. Roach.] (Zo["o]l.)

  1. Any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order Rai[ae], including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, etc.

  2. In a restricted sense, any of the broad, flat, narrow-tailed species, as the skates and sting rays. See Skate.

    Bishop ray, a yellow-spotted, long-tailed eagle ray ( Stoasodon n[`a]rinari) of the Southern United States and the West Indies.

    Butterfly ray, a short-tailed American sting ray ( Pteroplatea Maclura), having very broad pectoral fins.

    Devil ray. See Sea Devil.

    Eagle ray, any large ray of the family Myliobatid[ae], or [AE]tobatid[ae]. The common European species ( Myliobatis aquila) is called also whip ray, and miller.

    Electric ray, or Cramp ray, a torpedo.

    Starry ray, a common European skate ( Raia radiata).

    Sting ray, any one of numerous species of rays of the family Trygonid[ae] having one or more large, sharp, barbed dorsal spines on the whiplike tail. Called also stingaree.


Ray \Ray\, v. i. To shine, as with rays.
--Mrs. Browning.


Ray \Ray\ (r[=a]), v. t. [An aphetic form of array; cf. Beray.]

  1. To array. [Obs.]
    --Sir T. More.

  2. To mark, stain, or soil; to streak; to defile. [Obs.] ``The filth that did it ray.''


Ray \Ray\, n. Array; order; arrangement; dress. [Obs.]

And spoiling all her gears and goodly ray.


Ray \Ray\, n. [OF. rai, F. rais, fr. L. radius a beam or ray, staff, rod, spoke of a wheel. Cf. Radius.]

  1. One of a number of lines or parts diverging from a common point or center, like the radii of a circle; as, a star of six rays.

  2. (Bot.) A radiating part of a flower or plant; the marginal florets of a compound flower, as an aster or a sunflower; one of the pedicels of an umbel or other circular flower cluster; radius. See Radius.

  3. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. One of the radiating spines, or cartilages, supporting the fins of fishes.

    2. One of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran.

  4. (Physics)

    1. A line of light or heat proceeding from a radiant or reflecting point; a single element of light or heat propagated continuously; as, a solar ray; a polarized ray.

    2. One of the component elements of the total radiation from a body; any definite or limited portion of the spectrum; as, the red ray; the violet ray. See Illust. under Light.

  5. Sight; perception; vision; -- from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen.

    All eyes direct their rays On him, and crowds turn coxcombs as they gaze.

  6. (Geom.) One of a system of diverging lines passing through a point, and regarded as extending indefinitely in both directions. See Half-ray.

    Bundle of rays. (Geom.) See Pencil of rays, below.

    Extraordinary ray (Opt.), that one of two parts of a ray divided by double refraction which does not follow the ordinary law of refraction.

    Ordinary ray (Opt.) that one of the two parts of a ray divided by double refraction which follows the usual or ordinary law of refraction.

    Pencil of rays (Geom.), a definite system of rays.

    Ray flower, or Ray floret (Bot.), one of the marginal flowers of the capitulum in such composite plants as the aster, goldenrod, daisy, and sunflower. They have an elongated, strap-shaped corolla, while the corollas of the disk flowers are tubular and five-lobed.

    Ray point (Geom.), the common point of a pencil of rays.

    R["o]ntgen ray (r[~e]nt"g[e^]n r[=a]`) (Phys.), a kind of ray generated in a very highly exhausted vacuum tube by the electrical discharge; now more commonly called X-ray. It is composed of electromagnetic radiation of wavelength shorter than that of ultraviolet light, and is capable of passing through many bodies opaque to light, and producing photographic and fluorescent effects by which means pictures showing the internal structure of opaque objects are made, called radiographs, sciagraphs, X-ray photographs, radiograms, or X-rays. So called from the discoverer, W. C. R["o]ntgen.

    X ray, the R["o]ntgen ray; -- so called by its discoverer because of its enigmatical character, x being an algebraic symbol for an unknown quantity.


Ray \Ray\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rayed (r[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Raying.] [Cf. OF. raier, raiier, rayer, L. radiare to irradiate. See Ray, n., and cf. Radiate.]

  1. To mark with long lines; to streak. [Obs.]

  2. [From Ray, n.] To send forth or shoot out; to cause to shine out; as, to ray smiles. [R.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"beam of light," c.1300, from Old French rai (nominative rais) "ray (of the sun), spoke (of a wheel); gush, spurt," from Latin radius "ray, spoke, staff, rod" (see radius). Not common before 17c. [OED]; of the sun, usually in reference to heat (beam being preferred for light). Science fiction ray-gun is first recorded 1931 (but the Martians had a Heat ray weapon in H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds," 1898).


type of fish related to sharks, early 14c., from French raie (13c.), from Latin raia, of unknown origin.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A beam of light or radiation. 2 (context zoology English) A rib-like reinforcement of bone or cartilage in a fish's fin. 3 (context zoology English) One of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran. 4 (context botany English) A radiating part of a flower or plant; the marginal florets of a compound flower, such as an aster or a sunflower; one of the pedicels of an umbel or other circular flower cluster; radius. 5 (context obsolete English) Sight; perception; vision; from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen. 6 (context mathematics English) A line extending indefinitely in one direction from a point. 7 (context colloquial English) A tiny amount. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To emit something as if in rays. 2 (context intransitive English) To radiate as if in rays Etymology 2

n. A marine fish with a flat body, large wing-like fins, and a whip-like tail. Etymology 3

vb. 1 (context obsolete English) To arrange. (14th-18th c.) 2 (context now rare English) To dress, array (someone). (from 14th c.) 3 (context obsolete English) To stain or soil; to defile. (16th-19th c.) Etymology 4

n. The name of the letter ⟨/⟩, one of two which represent the ''r'' sound in Pitman shorthand. Etymology 5

n. (context obsolete English) Array; order; arrangement; dress. Etymology 6

n. (context music English) (alternative form of re English)

  1. v. emit as rays; "That tower rays a laser beam for miles across the sky"

  2. extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center; "spokes radiate from the hub of the wheel"; "This plants radiates spines in all directions" [syn: radiate]

  3. expose to radiation; "irradiate food" [syn: irradiate]

  1. n. a column of light (as from a beacon) [syn: beam, beam of light, light beam, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light, irradiation]

  2. a branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence

  3. (mathematics) a straight line extending from a point

  4. a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation [syn: beam, electron beam]

  5. the syllable naming the second (supertonic) note of any major scale in solmization [syn: re]

  6. any of the stiff bony rods in the fin of a fish

  7. cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins

Ray, ND -- U.S. city in North Dakota
Population (2000): 534
Housing Units (2000): 296
Land area (2000): 1.004687 sq. miles (2.602128 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.036858 sq. miles (0.095463 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.041545 sq. miles (2.697591 sq. km)
FIPS code: 65580
Located within: North Dakota (ND), FIPS 38
Location: 48.344875 N, 103.166292 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Ray, ND
Ray -- U.S. County in Missouri
Population (2000): 23354
Housing Units (2000): 9371
Land area (2000): 569.465468 sq. miles (1474.908728 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 4.108651 sq. miles (10.641357 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 573.574119 sq. miles (1485.550085 sq. km)
Located within: Missouri (MO), FIPS 29
Location: 39.321065 N, 94.023249 W
Ray, MO
Ray County
Ray County, MO

Ray may refer to:

Ray (film)

Ray is a 2004 American musical biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. The independently produced film was written, produced and directed by Taylor Hackford, and stars Jamie Foxx in the title role. Foxx received an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as well as the Golden Globe, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild and Critics' Choice awards, becoming the second actor to win all five major lead actor awards for the same performance, and the only one to win the Golden Globe in the Musical or Comedy (rather than the Drama) category.

Charles was set to attend an opening of the completed film, but died of liver disease in June, several months before its premiere.

Ray (L'Arc-en-Ciel album)

Ray is the seventh album by L'Arc-en-Ciel, released on July 1, 1999, simultaneously with Ark. It reached number two on the Oricon chart, behind only Ark, and sold over two million copies, being certified by the RIAJ.

Ray (comics)

The Ray is the name of four fictional characters, all superheroes in the DC Comics universe.

The first Ray was Lanford "Happy" Terrill, a Quality Comics character. When DC Comics later purchased Quality Comics, Happy Terrill was retconned as a member of the Freedom Fighters on Earth-X. Following DC altering much of its continuity and history in the storyline Crisis on Infinite Earths, Happy Terrill was now an inhabitant of the mainstream DC Comics universe and his son Ray Terrill became the second Ray. Later, the character Stan Silver briefly operated as the third hero called "the Ray." In the "New 52" relaunch of DC Comics, where continuity and history is again being restructured, a new character called Lucien Gates is introduced as the Ray. Although historically he is the fourth superhero character to use this name, in The Ray #1 (2012), set in a rebooted continuity, he refers to the origin of Happy Terrill as a story he had heard as a child.

Ray (surname)

The surname Ray may refer to:

Ray (song)

"Ray" is a song by the Swedish punk rock band Millencolin from the album Kingwood. It was released as a single on March 14, 2005 by Burning Heart Records, including the b-side song "Phony Tony" from the album's recording sessions and a live recording of "Bullion". An accompanying music video for "Ray" was also filmed and released.

Ray (Ray Terrill)

The Ray (real name Raymond C. "Ray" Terrill) is a fictional character, a superhero in the . He is the second character to use the codename The Ray. Ray Terrill first appeared in The Ray #1 (February 1992), and was created by Jack C. Harris and Joe Quesada.

Ray (soundtrack)

Ray is the soundtrack of the 2004 film Ray starring Jamie Foxx (who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as " Ray Charles" in this film), Kerry Washington, Terrence Howard, Clifton Powell and Regina King. The score was composed by Craig Armstrong.

The album won a Grammy Award and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music.

Ray (optics)

In optics a ray is an idealized model of light, obtained by choosing a line that is perpendicular to the wavefronts of the actual light, and that points in the direction of energy flow. Rays are used to model the propagation of light through an optical system, by dividing the real light field up into discrete rays that can be computationally propagated through the system by the techniques of ray tracing. This allows even very complex optical systems to be analyzed mathematically or simulated by computer. Ray tracing uses approximate solutions to Maxwell's equations that are valid as long as the light waves propagate through and around objects whose dimensions are much greater than the light's wavelength. Ray theory does not describe phenomena such as interference and diffraction, which require wave theory (involving the relative phase of the rays).

Ray (Nintendo)
Ray (given name)

Ray is a masculine given name and short form ( hypocorism) of Raymond, and may refer to:

Ray (EP)

Ray is an EP released by Panic Channel on August 29, 2008.

Ray (Frazier Chorus album)

Ray is the second album by Frazier Chorus and was released in 1991. A limited edition version of the LP and CD included The Baby Album, a four track bonus remix disc. The four bonus remixes were also appended to the end of the cassette edition.

Ray (wrestler)

Ray (born February 14, 1982) is a Hong Kong professional wrestler, who is currently working as a freelancer on the Japanese independent circuit. She is a former International Ribbon Tag Team Champion and CMLL-Reina International Junior Champion. After being trained by Emi Sakura, Ray made her professional wrestling debut in September 2003 and would for the next several years wrestle under different masks, before she began working for Smash in March 2010, unmasked under the ring name Lin Byron ( Japanese: リン・バイロン, ) (sometimes transliterated as Lin Bairon). She remained with Smash until the promotion folded in March 2012, after which she transferred over to its successor, Wrestling New Classic (WNC), which lasted until June 2014. In April 2013, Byron became the third WNC Women's Champion. She revived the Ray character in January 2011, initially signing with Ice Ribbon, before becoming a freelancer in May 2012. She has since mainly worked for the Reina Joshi Puroresu promotion, while also promoting her own independent events and traveling to the United States to work for Shimmer Women Athletes.

Ray (art magazine)

Ray was a British short-run little avant-garde art magazine, designed, edited, and financed by the English artist and designer Sidney Hunt (1926 - 1927), and described as the English equivalent of other influential art journals from the 1920s such as Merz, Mecano and De Stijl. Ray featured work of leading figures of the European avant-garde such as Kurt Schwitters, El Lissitzky, Theo van Doesburg, Naum Gabo, and Hans Arp. Although only two issues were printed, the existence of Ray establishes a line of continuity between the Vorticist movement of the 1910s and Unit One's renaissance of British art in the 1930s. From this perspective, Ray should be considered the missing link between the 1914-15 publication of the Vorticist journal BLAST and the edition of the abstract and constructivist English magazines Axis (1935-37) and Circle (1937).

Ray (musician)

, better known by her stage name Ray, is a Japanese singer signed to Geneon Universal Entertainment.

Ray (Smolensk region)

Ray(Russian: Ray) is a village in Smolensk region of Russia. Located in the central part of region, 1.5 km to the south of the motorway A141[ru], and 6 km to the south-west of Smolensk.

Population – 132 residents ( 2007 year). Included in the Prigorskii rural settlement.

Usage examples of "ray".

He looked down on her still, white face and bright hair, and he felt his heart contract with pain to see them darken ever so faintly and beautifully under the brilliant operating light, rich in actinic rays.

Even though Ray, Ake, and the dogs would experience--would live the three minutes they would be in hyperspace--The Spirit of St.

With few wasted motions, Ake tied Ray to his line and then began towing him back toward the hatch.

Ray asked Ake, the two of them sitting in the cockpit nursing drinks with Beowulf and Frodo lying at their feet.

As Ray and the other dogs rushed to join the melee, Ake slowly got out of the hovercraft, stretched his legs, and waved knowingly at a figure standing and watching all the commotion from a respectful distance.

After Ray, Ake, and Skerchock had gone to bed, the dogs gathered around the embers of the dying fire.

Ray and Ake, surrounded by the rest of the team, walked down the steep incline, careful not to lose their footing.

Neither Ray nor Ake could see what sort of expression or signal may have crossed his face.

Ray saw Keene set his jaw and knew what he was thinking: no one could mix grandiosity and arrogance like Fredrick Van Alman and, yes, sometimes you wanted to punch out his lights.

The rays even penetrated into the apse, and the sepulchral crypts were brightened up by them.

Over all this hushed desolation played a hideous leaden light as the declining afternoon sun sent its rays through the strange, half-blackened panes of the great apsidal windows.

But though the experiments which I have made on the decomposition of vapors by light might be numbered by the thousand, I have, to my regret, encountered no fact which prove that free aqueous vapor is decomposed by the solar rays, or that the sun is reheated by the combination of gases, in the severance of which it had previously sacrificed its heat.

Only her nipples and areoles were pink, topping the rise of her breasts like the last rays of sunset hitting the tips of twin mountains.

Half of his ray was already swallowed, and the force on the arquebus was making him lean back.

It was more agreeable to his temper, as well as to his policy, to reign under the venerable names of ancient magistracy, and artfully to collect, in his own person, all the scattered rays of civil jurisdiction.