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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun ray:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb ray:


The word ray is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun ray

What does ray mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: rays

  1. a column of light (as from a beacon)
  2. a branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • more generic words: pedicel / pedicle = a small stalk bearing a single flower of an inflorescence
  3. (mathematics) a straight line extending from a point
    • domain: math / mathematics / maths
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • more generic word: vector = a straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction
  4. a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation
  5. the syllable naming the second (supertonic) note of any major scale in solmization
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of ray: re
    • more generic term: solfa syllable = one of the names for notes of a musical scale in solmization
  6. any of the stiff bony spines in the fin of a fish
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic word: spine = a sharp rigid animal process or appendage
    • part of: fin = organ of locomotion and balance in fishes and some other aquatic animals
  7. cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic words: elasmobranch / selachian = any of numerous fishes of the class Chondrichthyes characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton and placoid scales: sharks; rays
    • more specific terms:
      • electric ray / crampfish / 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
      • sawfish = primitive ray with sharp teeth on each edge of a long flattened snout
      • guitarfish = primitive tropical bottom-dwelling ray with a guitar-shaped body
      • stingray = large venomous ray with large barbed spines near the base of a thin whiplike tail capable of inflicting severe wounds
      • eagle ray = powerful free-swimming tropical ray noted for `soaring' by flapping winglike fins
      • devilfish / manta ray / manta = extremely large pelagic tropical ray that feeds on plankton and small fishes
      • skate = large edible rays having a long snout and thick tail with pectoral fins continuous with the head

Alternative definition of the noun ray


  1. A beam of light or radiation.
  2. A marine fish with a flat body, large wing-like fins, and a whip-like tail.
  3. A rib-like reinforcement of bone or cartilage in a fish's fin.
  4. [mathematics] A line extending indefinitely in one direction from a point.
  5. [colloquial] A tiny amount.
  6. [music] An anglicised spelling of re.

Definition of the verb ray

What does ray mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: rayed | raying | rays

  1. emit as rays
    • example: That tower rays a laser beam for miles across the sky
    • lexical domain: Weather - verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering
    • more generic terms: emit / give off / give out = give off, send forth, or discharge
  2. extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of ray: radiate
    • more generic words: extend / go / lead / pass / run = stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope
  3. expose to radiation
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of ray: irradiate
    • more generic words: process / treat = subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition
    • more specific word: bombard = direct high energy particles or radiation against


  1. Ray a.k.a. Ray Winstone: Raymond Andrew "Ray" Winstone is an English film and television actor. He is mostly known for his "hard man" roles, beginning with his role as Carlin in the 1979 film Scum and Will Scarlet in the television series Robin of Sherwood. He has also become well known as a voice over actor, and has recently branched out into film production. He has appeared in films such as Cold Mountain, Nil By Mouth, King Arthur, The Proposition, The Departed, Beowulf, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Edge of Darkness and Rango. He played Tubal-cain in Noah.
  2. Ray a.k.a. Raymond Burr: Raymond William Stacey Burr was a Canadian-American actor, primarily known for his title roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside. He also had prominent involvement in multiple charitable endeavors, such as working on behalf of the United Service Organizations.
  3. Ray a.k.a. Ray Wise: Raymond Herbert "Ray" Wise is an American actor. Some of his best-known roles include Jack Taggart Sr. in Jeepers Creepers 2, Leland Palmer in Twin Peaks, henchman Leon C. Nash in RoboCop, the Devil in the CW television series Reaper and Hal Gardner in season 5 of 24.
  4. Ray a.k.a. Raymond Lam is a Chinese actor and singer from Hong Kong. He is contracted to the television station TVB and EEG's Music Plus label.
  5. Ray a.k.a. Ray Barrett: Raymond Charles "Ray" Barrett was an Australian actor. During the 1960s, he was a leading actor on British television, where he was best known for his appearances in The Troubleshooters. From the 1970s, he appeared in lead and character roles in a number of Australian films and TV series.
  6. Ray a.k.a. Reynaldo Rey is an American actor and stand-up comedian.
  7. Ray a.k.a. Ray Nicholson is an actor.
  8. Ray a.k.a. Raymond Griffith was one of the great silent movie comedians. Later in his career, he worked behind the camera as writer and producer.
  9. Ray a.k.a. Rayford Barnes was an American film and TV character actor from Whitesboro, Texas who appeared in films, mainly westerns, such as Hondo, The Young Guns, The Burning Hills, The Wild Bunch, Fort Massacre, and Cahill U.S. Marshal. He also appeared in the 1955 comedy Bowery to Bagdad.
  10. Ray a.k.a. Ray Victory is an American former pornographic actor, who appeared in films during the 1980s and 90s. He was one of the few Black performers to work with top actresses during the 1980s. In 2008 he was inducted into the Urban Spice Awards Hall of Fame.
  11. Ray is an actor.
    • also known as SO1 Ray
    • profession: Actor
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  12. Ray a.k.a. Raymond Alongi is an actor.
  13. Ray a.k.a. Raymond E. Bailey is an actor.

There are other people with in their name, like Arc Ray, Bob Ray, Del Ray, Don Ray, Don-Ray, Ian Ray, Jen Ray, Jim Ray, Joe Ray, Joy Ray and many others.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ray

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Google previewMeditation and the Initiation Process: Vol 6 of A Treatise on Mind (2014)

Vol 6 of A Treatise on Mind by Bodo Balsys

The governing Ray is the fourth of Beautifying Harmony in the Midst of Strife and its esoteric name is the law of `Those Who Choose to Die';. The symbol is `a Rosy Cross with Golden Bird'. 2. The law of Magnetic Impulse relates to the second ...

Google previewThe American Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Ophthalmology (1917)

by Casey Albert Wood

“The light, however, passing in transparent bodies along straight paths, is what one calls ray; the ray is the light...

Google previewThe Handbook for School Safety and Security (2014)

Best Practices and Procedures by Lawrence Fennelly, Marianna Perry

Ray is a fellow of the Security Institute (FSyl), a United Kingdom-based professional body for security professionals.

Ray is an elected member of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals which is the 108th and newest Livery ...

Google previewUniversal Technological Dictionary (1823)

Or, Familiar Explanations of the Terms Used in All Arts and Sciences by George Crabb

A direct ray is that which passes directly, or in a right line, from the radiant point to the eye.— A refracted ray is...

incident ray is any of the preceding, so called because it falls on the eye, or on the point of refraction or reflection.—Parallel rays ...

Google previewUniversal Technological Dictionary, Or Familiar Explanation of the Terms Used in All Arts and Sciences, Containing Definitions Drawn from the Original Writers and Illustrated by Plates, Epigrams, Cuts, &c. by George Crabb (1833)


A rzflected ray is that which, having struck on 1 1e surface of any body, is thrown off again. —-An incident ray is any of the preceding, so called because it falls on the eye, or on the point of refraction or reflection—Parallel rays are such as are ...

Google previewChallenges in Chemistry Graduate Education (2012)

A Workshop Summary by Committee on Challenges in Chemistry Graduate Education; Board on Chemical Sciences, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council

Douglas Ray is the Associate Laboratory Director for the Fundamental & Computational Sciences Directorate at the...

Ray is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, American Geophysical Union, and ...

Google previewThe New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion to Georgia Literature (2011)

by Hugh Ruppersburg, John C. Inscoe

Ray, an environmental activist and poet, is the awardwinning author of Ecology ofa Cracker Childhood, a highly praised book that combines elements of ecology and autobiography into a multifaceted work. As activist and memoirist, Ray ...

Google previewMultilingual Dictionary of Fish and Fish Products (2009)

by OECD: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

EAGLE RAY DAN: Ornerokke DUT: Duivelsrog (a) Arendskoprog, chuchu aquila (Ant.) FIN: (a) Kotkarausku GER: Adlerrochen GRE: Aetos, helidona ICE: Arnarskata ITA: Aquila di mare, (d) Vaccarella JPN: Tobiei KOR: ÜHWîEl-Ê, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Crime Films (2012)

by Geoff Mayer

Playwright Martin McDonagh's debut film follows the experiences of two Dublin hit men, Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson), in the beautifully preserved medieval city of Bruges, Belgium. While Ken is determined to explore and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Oklahoma (1999)

by Nancy Capace

THE GREAT SEAL Oklahoma's Constitution of 1906 specifies that the State seal shall be designed as follows: "In the center shall be a five pointed star, with one ray directed upward. The center of the star shall contain the central device of the ...

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Quotes about Ray

Music's been around a long time, and there's going to be music long after Ray Charles is dead. I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. If it's a big record, that's the frosting on the cake, but music's the main meal. (Ray Charles)
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Scrabble value of R1A1Y4

The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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