What is ray?

  • (noun): A group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation.
    Synonyms: beam, electron beam
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "ray":

  • (noun): (mathematics) a straight line extending from a point.
  • (noun): Cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins.
  • (verb): Emit as rays.
    Example: "That tower rays a laser beam for miles across the sky"
  • (noun): The syllable naming the second (supertonic) note of any major scale in solmization.
    Synonyms: re
  • (verb): Extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center.
    Synonyms: radiate
  • (noun): A branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence.
  • (noun): Any of the stiff bony rods in the fin of a fish.
  • (verb): Expose to radiation.
    Synonyms: irradiate

Famous quotes containing the word ray:

    A small voice issued from a bed placed in utter darkness where no ray of light was admitted, complaining of bad nerves, low spirits, and terrible dreams.
    Sarah Fielding (1710–1768)

    Our reason may prove what it will: our reason is only a feeble ray that has issued from Nature.
    Maurice Maeterlinck (1862–1949)

    These facts have always suggested to man the sublime creed that the world is not the product of manifold power, but of one will, of one mind; and that one mind is everywhere active, in each ray of the star, in each wavelet of the pool; and whatever opposes that will is everywhere balked and baffled, because things are made so, and not otherwise.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)