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 for ray
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ray \Ray\ (r[=a]), v. t. [An aphetic form of array; cf.
     Beray.]
     1. To array. [Obs.] --Sir T. More.
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     2. To mark, stain, or soil; to streak; to defile. [Obs.] "The
        filth that did it ray." --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ray \Ray\, n.
     Array; order; arrangement; dress. [Obs.]
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           And spoiling all her gears and goodly ray. --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     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.
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     3. (Zool.)
        (a) One of the radiating spines, or cartilages, supporting
            the fins of fishes.
        (b) One of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of
            the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran.
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     4. (Physics)
        (a) 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.
        (b) 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.
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     5. Sight; perception; vision; -- from an old theory of
        vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the
        eye to the object seen.
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              All eyes direct their rays
              On him, and crowds turn coxcombs as they gaze.
                                                    --Pope.
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     6. (Geom.) One of a system of diverging lines passing through
        a point, and regarded as extending indefinitely in both
        directions. See Half-ray.
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     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.
  
     Roentgen ray, R["o]ntgen ray (r[~e]nt"g[e^]n r[=a]`)
        (Phys.), a form of electromagnetic radiation generated in
        a very highly exhausted vacuum tube by an electrical
        discharge; now more commonly called X-ray. It is
        composed of electromagnetic radiation of wavelength
        shorter than that of ultraviolet light but longer than
        that of gamma rays. It 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
        X-rays, radiographs, sciagraphs, X-ray photographs,
        radiograms. 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ray \Ray\, v. i.
     To shine, as with rays. --Mrs. Browning.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ray \Ray\, n. [F. raie, L. raia. Cf. Roach.] (Zool.)
     (a) Any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order
         Raiae, including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, etc.
     (b) In a restricted sense, any of the broad, flat,
         narrow-tailed species, as the skates and sting rays. See
         Skate.
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     Bishop ray, a yellow-spotted, long-tailed eagle ray
        ({Aetobatus narinari syn. Stoasodon narinari) of the
        Southern United States and the West Indies; also called
        the spotted eagle ray and white-spotted eagle ray.
  
     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 Myliobatidae, or
        Aetobatidae. 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">Starry ray, a common European skate ({Raia radiata).
  
     Sting ray, any one of numerous species of rays of the
        family Trygonidae having one or more large, sharp,
        barbed dorsal spines on the whiplike tail. Called also
        stingaree.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.] --Chaucer.
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     2. [From Ray, n.] To send forth or shoot out; to cause to
        shine out; as, to ray smiles. [R.] --Thomson.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ray
      n 1: a column of light (as from a beacon) [syn: beam, beam of
           light, light beam, ray, 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, ray, electron beam]
      5: the syllable naming the second (supertonic) note of any major
         scale in solmization [syn: re, ray]
      6: any of the stiff bony spines 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
      v 1: 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 radiate spines in all directions" [syn:
         radiate, ray]
      3: expose to radiation; "irradiate food" [syn: irradiate,
         ray]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  90 Moby Thesaurus words for "ray":
     Reptilia, X ray, actinic ray, actinism, amplitude, antinode, atom,
     atomic beam, atomic ray, beam, beam of light, crest,
     de Broglie wave, diffraction, diffuse, diffusion, disperse,
     dispersion, drop, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic wave,
     emanate, emanation, frequency, frequency band, frequency spectrum,
     gamma ray, gleam, guided wave, in phase, infrared ray,
     interference, invisible radiation, jot, leam, light,
     longitudinal wave, lota, mechanical wave, minim, molecule,
     moonbeam, node, out of phase, patch, pencil, period, periodic wave,
     photon, radiance, radiate, radiation, radio wave, radiorays,
     radius, ray of light, reinforcement, resonance,
     resonance frequency, ribbon, ribbon of light, scatter, scattering,
     scrap, seismic wave, shaft, shock wave, shoot, shred, smidgen,
     solar rays, sound wave, spoke, spread, streak, stream,
     stream of light, streamer, sunbeam, surface wave, tidal wave,
     transverse wave, trough, ultraviolet ray, violet ray, wave,
     wave equation, wave motion, wave number, wavelength
  
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  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
     Headwords:
      Ray
      Ray, MO
      Ray County
      Ray County, MO
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  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.
     Headwords:
      Ray, ND
      Ray
  

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