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Definition 1: cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins - [noun denoting animal]

(ray is a kind of ...) any of numerous fishes of the class Chondrichthyes characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton and placoid scales: sharks; rays; skates

(... is a kind of ray ) 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

(... is a kind of ray ) primitive ray with sharp teeth on each edge of a long flattened snout

(... is a kind of ray ) primitive tropical bottom-dwelling ray with a guitar-shaped body

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

(... is a kind of 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

(... is a kind of ray ) extremely large pelagic tropical ray that feeds on plankton and small fishes; usually harmless but its size make it dangerous if harpooned

(... is a kind of ray ) 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

Definition 2: any of the stiff bony spines in the fin of a fish - [noun denoting animal]

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

(... is part of ray) organ of locomotion and balance in fishes and some other aquatic animals

Definition 3: the syllable naming the second (supertonic) note of any major scale in solmization - [noun denoting communication]

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(ray is a kind of ...) one of the names for notes of a musical scale in solmization

Definition 4: a column of light (as from a beacon) - [noun denoting phenomenon]

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(ray is a kind of ...) (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation

"the light was filtered through a soft glass window"

(... is a kind of ray ) a ray that produces a thermal effect

(... is a kind of ray ) the beam of a car's headlights that provides distant illumination

(... is a kind of ray ) a ray of moonlight

(... is a kind of ray ) a ray of sunlight

(... is a kind of ray ) a beam of light generated by a laser

(... is a kind of ray ) the beam of a car's headlights that provides illumination for a short distance

Definition 5: a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation - [noun denoting phenomenon]

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(ray is a kind of ...) radiation consisting of waves of energy associated with electric and magnetic fields resulting from the acceleration of an electric charge

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

(... is a kind of ray ) a collimated flow of particles (atoms or electrons or molecules)

Definition 6: a branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence - [noun denoting plant]

(ray is a kind of ...) a small stalk bearing a single flower of an inflorescence; an ultimate division of a common peduncle

Definition 7: (mathematics) a straight line extending from a point - [noun denoting shape]

(ray is a kind of ...) a straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction

(ray belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

Definition 8: expose to radiation - [verb of change]

Samples where ray or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • irradiate food

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(ray is a kind of ...) subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition

"process cheese" "process hair" "treat the water so it can be drunk" "treat the lawn with chemicals" "treat an oil spill"

(... is a kind of ray ) direct high energy particles or radiation against

Definition 9: extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center - [verb of stative]

Samples where ray or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for ray in the sense of this definition

(ray is a kind of ...) stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point

"Service runs all the way to Cranbury" "His knowledge doesn't go very far" "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life" "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"

Definition 10: emit as rays - [verb of weather]

Samples where ray or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • That tower rays a laser beam for miles across the sky

(ray is a kind of ...) give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.

"The ozone layer blocks some harmful rays which the sun emits"

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