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What Is a Ray

Definitions

1 | noun | a column of light (as from a beacon)
2 | noun | a branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence
3 | noun | (mathematics) a straight line extending from a point
4 | noun | a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation
5 | noun | the syllable naming the second (supertonic) note of any major scale in solmization
6 | noun | any of the stiff bony spines in the fin of a fish
7 | noun | cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
8 | verb | emit as rays
(10 meanings)

Pronunciation

r'ey (IPA: rˈeɪ)

Hyphenation

ray (no hyphenation) (3 letters | 1 syllable)

First known use in English

1300 (High Middle ages) (722 years ago)

Word origins

Old French | Latin

Word frequency history

Word frequency history

Inflected forms

rays | rayed | raying

Synonyms

beam | beam of light | irradiation | light beam | ray of light | shaft | shaft of light | electron beam | re | radiate | irradiate (total: 11)

Narrower terms

heat ray | high beam | laser beam | low beam | moonbeam | moon-ray | moon ray | sunbeam | sunray | cathode ray | particle beam | crampfish | devilfish | eagle ray | electric ray | ... (total: 24)

Broader terms

light | visible light | visible radiation | pedicel | pedicle | vector | electromagnetic radiation | electromagnetic wave | nonparticulate radiation | solfa syllable | spine | elasmobranch | selachian | emit | give off | ... (total: 23)

Rhymes

allay | array | astray | attache | away | ballet | bay | betray | bey | bouquet | brae | bray | buffet | cabaret | cabriolet | ... (total: 101)
(based on typical American pronunciation)

Homophone

re

Lexically close words

bay | bray | Bray | cay | Cray | day | Day | dray | fay | Fay | fray | gay | Gay | gray | Gray | hay | Hay | jay | Jay | Kay | lay | may | May | nay | pay | pray | racy | rag | rah | raj | ram | ran | rap | rat | raw | say | tray | way (total: 38)

Anagrams

rya | Ayr

Phrases

actinic ray | alpha ray | beta ray | butterfly ray | cathode-ray oscilloscope | cathode-ray tube | cosmic ray | cow-nosed ray | cownose ray | delta ray | ... (total: 34)

Translations

Mandarin Chinese: | 光線 (noun)
Hindi: | किरण (noun)
Arabic: | شُعاع (noun)
Spanish: | rayo (light)
French: | rayon (light)

Other notable uses

Ray (US rank: 220th, white: 75%)

Ray (female, US rank: 4933rd) | Ray (male, US rank: 839th)

Kon Ray (Kon Tum, Vietnam) | Ray County (Missouri, United States)

Ray (India, 5949 people) | Ray (North Dakota, 740 people) | Le Ray (New York, 25574 people) | ar-Ray (Kuwait, 6337 people) | Ray City (Georgia, 956 people) | ... (total: 8)

Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall | Ray

ray.net | ray.biz

Crossword puzzle clues

2004 biopic that was a Best Picture nominee | Beam | Beam of light | Beta follower | Bit of hope | Bit of hope? | Bit of light | Bit of sun | Bit of sunlight | Bit of sunshine | Comic actor Romano | Daisy floret | ... (total: 32)
(based on all New York Times crossword puzzles 1994 to 2009)

Scrabble score

6 (International English) | 6 (North American English)

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