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ray gun

a gun that can fire bursts of usually destructive or lethal rays:
a science fiction novel whose hero has a ray gun made of gold.
a child's futuristic toy gun that emits sparks, whirring noises, etc.
Origin of ray gun
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • One of the Viking's crew bared his teeth in a sudden panic and lifted his ray-gun to fire blindly upward.

    The Golden Amazons of Venus John Murray Reynolds
  • He had been a dead man as surely as though shot with a ray-gun.

  • His fingers by habit fluttered over his ray-gun butt as he wheeled and looked into the loudspeaker.

    Hawk Carse Anthony Gilmore
  • The man in the doorway was pointing a ray-gun steadily at him!

    When the Sleepers Woke Arthur Leo Zagat
  • They drew one ray-gun each, laid them ready, close by, and sat down.

    Hawk Carse Anthony Gilmore
  • He had his ray-gun, and might cow them with it and free the girl.

    When the Sleepers Woke Arthur Leo Zagat
  • Judd, lips up-curved in a smile, drew his ray-gun and set the lever over for the low-power, continuous ray-stream.

    Hawk Carse Anthony Gilmore
  • Darl thrust into Jim's hand the ray-gun he had previously reserved.

    The Great Dome on Mercury Arthur Leo Zagat
  • He squealed with pain and fright and dropping the ray-gun, ran behind a machine.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • We each had a gravity cylinder at our belt and a ray-gun in our hand.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for ray-gun

ray gun

(in science fiction) a gun that emits rays to paralyse, stun, or destroy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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