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RAY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ray mean? 

RAY (noun)
  The noun RAY has 7 senses:

1. a column of light (as from a beacon)
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
5. the syllable naming the second (supertonic) note of any major scale in solmization
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

  Familiarity information: RAY used as a noun is common.


RAY (verb)
  The verb RAY has 3 senses:

1. emit as rays
2. extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center
3. expose to radiation

  Familiarity information: RAY used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RAY (noun)


Sense 1ray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A column of light (as from a beacon)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

shaft of light; ray of light; ray; light beam; beam of light; irradiation; beam; shaft

Hypernyms ("ray" is a kind of...):

light; visible light; visible radiation ((physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ray"):

low beam (the beam of a car's headlights that provides illumination for a short distance)

laser beam (a beam of light generated by a laser)

sunbeam; sunray (a ray of sunlight)

moon ray; moon-ray; moonbeam (a ray of moonlight)

high beam (the beam of a car's headlights that provides distant illumination)

heat ray (a ray that produces a thermal effect)


Sense 2ray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Hypernyms ("ray" is a kind of...):

pedicel; pedicle (a small stalk bearing a single flower of an inflorescence; an ultimate division of a common peduncle)


Sense 3ray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(mathematics) a straight line extending from a point

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Hypernyms ("ray" is a kind of...):

vector (a straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)


Sense 4ray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

electron beam; beam; ray

Hypernyms ("ray" is a kind of...):

electromagnetic radiation; electromagnetic wave; nonparticulate radiation (radiation consisting of waves of energy associated with electric and magnetic fields resulting from the acceleration of an electric charge)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ray"):

cathode ray (a beam of electrons emitted by the cathode of an electrical discharge tube)

particle beam (a collimated flow of particles (atoms or electrons or molecules))


Sense 5ray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The syllable naming the second (supertonic) note of any major scale in solmization

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

re; ray

Hypernyms ("ray" is a kind of...):

solfa syllable (one of the names for notes of a musical scale in solmization)


Sense 6ray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of the stiff bony rods in the fin of a fish

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("ray" is a kind of...):

spine (a sharp rigid animal process or appendage; as a porcupine quill or a ridge on a bone or a ray of a fish fin)

Holonyms ("ray" is a part of...):

fin (organ of locomotion and balance in fishes and some other aquatic animals)


Sense 7ray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("ray" is a kind of...):

elasmobranch; selachian (any of numerous fishes of the class Chondrichthyes characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton and placoid scales: sharks; rays; skates)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ray"):

crampfish; electric ray; numbfish; torpedo (any sluggish bottom-dwelling ray of the order Torpediniformes having a rounded body and electric organs on each side of the head capable of emitting strong electric discharges)

skate (large edible rays having a long snout and thick tail with pectoral fins continuous with the head; swim by undulating the edges of the pectoral fins)

devilfish; manta; manta ray (extremely large pelagic tropical ray that feeds on plankton and small fishes; usually harmless but its size make it dangerous if harpooned)

eagle ray (powerful free-swimming tropical ray noted for 'soaring' by flapping winglike fins; usually harmless but has venomous tissue near base of the tail as in stingrays)

stingray (large venomous ray with large barbed spines near the base of a thin whiplike tail capable of inflicting severe wounds)

guitarfish (primitive tropical bottom-dwelling ray with a guitar-shaped body)

sawfish (primitive ray with sharp teeth on each edge of a long flattened snout)


RAY (verb)


Sense 1ray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Emit as rays

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering

Context example:

That tower rays a laser beam for miles across the sky

Hypernyms (to "ray" is one way to...):

emit; give off; give out (give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2ray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

ray; radiate

Context examples:

spokes radiate from the hub of the wheel / This plants radiates spines in all directions

Hypernyms (to "ray" is one way to...):

extend; go; lead; pass; run (stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 3ray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Expose to radiation

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

irradiate; ray

Context example:

irradiate food

Hypernyms (to "ray" is one way to...):

process; treat (subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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