|1.||a narrow beam of light; gleam|
|2.||a slight indication, esp of something anticipated or hoped for: a ray of solace|
|3.||maths a straight line extending from a point|
|4.||a thin beam of electromagnetic radiation or particles|
|5.||any of the bony or cartilaginous spines of the fin of a fish that form the support for the soft part of the fin|
|6.||any of the arms or branches of a starfish or other radiate animal|
|7.||astronomy any of a number of bright streaks that radiate from the youngest lunar craters, such as Tycho; they are composed of crater ejecta not yet darkened, and extend considerable distances|
|8.||botany See medullary ray any strand of tissue that runs radially through the vascular tissue of some higher plants|
|9.||(of an object) to emit (light) in rays or (of light) to issue in the form of rays|
|10.||(intr) (of lines, etc) to extend in rays or on radiating paths|
|11.||(tr) to adorn (an ornament, etc) with rays or radiating lines|
|[C14: from Old French rai, from Latin radius spoke, |
|any of various marine selachian fishes typically having a flattened body, greatly enlarged winglike pectoral fins, gills on the undersurface of the fins, and a long whiplike tail. They constitute the orders Torpediniformes (electric rays) and Rajiformes|
|[C14: from Old French raie, from Latin raia]|
|1.||John. 1627--1705, English naturalist. He originated natural botanical classification and the division of flowering plants into monocotyledons and dicotyledons|
|2.||Man, real name Emmanuel Rudnitsky. 1890--1976, US surrealist photographer|
|3.||Satyajit (ˈsætjədʒɪt). 1921--92, Indian film director, noted for his Apu trilogy (1955--59)|
A narrow beam of light or other electromagnetic radiation.
A narrow beam of particles, as a cathode.
A structure or part having the form of a straight line extending from a point.
Ray (rā), John. 1627-1705.
English naturalist who was the first to use anatomy to distinguish between specific plants and animals. He established the species as the basic classification of living things.