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[rah] /rɑ/
noun
1.
the 10th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin of
< Arabic

Ra

[rah] /rɑ/
noun, Egyptian Religion
1.
a sun god of Heliopolis, a universal creator worshiped throughout Egypt (typically represented as a hawk-headed man bearing on his head the solar disk and the uraeus).
Also, Re.

RA

1.
regular army.

Ra

Symbol, Chemistry
1.

R.A.

1.
rear admiral.
2.
Astronomy. right ascension.
3.
royal academician.
4.
Royal Academy.
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  • Below, the spirits of Ash-Mut and winged figures of ra on either side.

    Five Years' Explorations at Thebes George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Carnarvon
  • He also is, like ra and Osiris, a god of the under-world to which men go after death.

    History of Religion Allan Menzies
  • In the fourth century of our ra we find this word made plural, and even feminine, and used as the equivalent of Parc.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • Remember the leap to death and the Boat of ra, and those by whom it was captained.

    Morning Star H. Rider Haggard
  • Once in the hands of the Pharaoh, ra'hel's rival would be unable to escape; the granite walls of the palace would keep their prey.

  • The names of other deities also were combined with that of ra.

  • ra Kalavo (the rat) would not listen to this kind proposal, but said, 'Let man die as a rat dies.'

    Moon Lore Timothy Harley
  • Have you ever known my tongue sin against the lovely daughter of ra?

    Uarda, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for ra

Ra1

Chemical symbol
1.
radium

Ra2

/rɑː/
noun
1.
the ancient Egyptian sun god, depicted as a man with a hawk's head surmounted by a solar disc and serpent

RA

abbreviation
1.
rear admiral
2.
(astronomy) right ascension
3.
(in Britain) Royal Academician or Academy
4.
(in Britain) Royal Artillery
5.
Argentina (international car registration)
Word Origin
(sense 5) from República Argentina
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Word Origin and History for ra

Ra

"hawk-headed sovereign sun god of Egyptian mythology," from Egyptian R' "sun, day."

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ra in Medicine

Ra
The symbol for the element radium.

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ra in Science
Ra  
The symbol for radium.
radium
  (rā'dē-əm)   
Symbol Ra
A rare, bright-white, highly radioactive element of the alkaline-earth group. It occurs naturally in very small amounts in ores and minerals containing uranium, and it is naturally luminescent. Radium is used as a source of radon gas for the treatment of disease and as a neutron source for scientific research. Its most stable isotope is Ra 226 with a half-life of 1,622 years. Atomic number 88; melting point 700°C; boiling point 1,737°C; valence 2. See Periodic Table.
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Slang definitions & phrases for ra

RA

noun

Anger; the RED ASS (1942+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for ra

Ra

radium

RA

1.
Argentina (international vehicle ID)
2.
rear admiral
3.
reasonable alternative
4.
regular army
5.
remedial action
6.
research assistant
7.
research associate
8.
resident advisor
9.
resident assistant
10.
rheumatoid arthritis
11.
right ascension
12.
right atrium
13.
risk analysis
14.
route analysis

R.A.

Royal Academy
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