Adjective "ray" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Each of the lines in which light (and heat) may seem to stream from the sun or any luminous body, or pass through a small opening.
  1. 'The bright rays of sunshine streaming through her window were not at all comforting to her.'
  2. 'The sun was out and Cay could feel its warm rays touching his back.'
  3. 'His hair was of a brilliant blond mingled with the rays of silver moonlight.'
  4. 'The shadow moved forward into view, the moon's rays shining dimly upon it.'
  5. 'Light rays pass through the cornea and the lens and focus on the retina.'
  6. 'The stars were glimmering across the night sky and the moon's rays shone upon her.'
  7. 'The first rays of light that passed her eyelids were very dim.'
  8. 'Through the breaks in the trees, Jocelyn could see the moon's ray shining down to the forest floor.'
  9. 'The sun is out now, and the floors are lit by the rays streaming though the window.'
  10. 'A Camera Obscura is when an inverted image is created by rays of light passing through a pinhole into a dark space.'
  11. 'take a specific point and back-trace every ray of light that hits that point'
  12. 'The easiest way to describe light rays and light cones is through geometric optics.'
  13. 'Mirrors, spherical or otherwise, operate on the principle that the angle of reflection of a ray of light equals the angle at which it strikes the mirror's surface.'
  14. 'ultraviolet rays'
  15. 'The radioactive glucose emits gamma rays which are then detected by the scanner.'
  16. 'The sun emits visible light, heat, ultraviolet rays, radio waves, and X-rays.'
  17. 'They are produced in the atmosphere by the interaction of galactic cosmic rays with the atoms of the atmosphere.'
  18. 'Surprisingly, x rays do not penetrate Earth's atmosphere, so astronomers must place x-ray telescopes in space.'
  19. 'During the initial nuclear radiation mostly Gamma rays are emitted from the fireball.'
  20. 'Look for one that promises to shield you from a broad spectrum of ultraviolet rays.'
  21. 'Lights that are used for SAD phototherapy must filter out harmful UV rays.'
  22. 'Water is passed through a disinfecting chamber containing a quartz mercury lamp that emits ultraviolet light rays.'
  23. 'Also, some products block UVB rays, but not harmful UVA rays.'
  24. 'Telescopes designed to collect and focus X rays from space provide that vision.'
  25. 'A guided hike in the morning which climbs out of the village is on offer as is the chance to catch some rays at the nearby lake.'
  26. 'They like to spend a lot of their time sunning themselves, so perfect opportunity up here, up the top on a sunny day to catch some rays.'
  27. 'Before heading out to catch some rays, take a look at your checklist.'
  28. 'Two researchers specializing in the psychology of health say they've found a more productive way to wean sun worshipers from catching some rays.'
  29. 'I was there five days, so got to know the soldiers who guarded me when I was fishing or just catching some rays, and the wives who were always bringing me fruit or a Coca-Cola.'
  30. 'if only I could see some ray of hope'
  31. 'But when we talked, there was a small ray of hope.'
  32. 'One ray of hope is that the circumstances of the attack would give the Socialist Party a possible excuse for flip-flopping were they so inclined.'
  33. 'Most of all I feel really needed all of a sudden; I feel I can bring a slight ray of hope and variety to this ever more depressing world.'
  34. 'And what about ‘justice is not a function of power, but rather the ray of goodness that is one's salvation’?'
  35. 'Events in Europe offered Japan a delusory ray of hope.'
  36. 'The commissioners comment, ‘This witness was a fresh and welcome ray of hope for the Tribunal.’'
  37. 'Although the concrete result of the proposal has yet to be seen, it nevertheless sparks a ray of hope for a peaceful solution in the troubled region.'
  38. '"I hope the success of our expedition will lend a ray of hope to our people who are discouraged in their daily lives."'
  39. 'Faded Seaside Glamour was released in the winter, but brought rays of hope to grey, cold Britain.'
  40. 'But Dean's impressive fundraising operation offers a ray of hope.'
Any of a set of straight lines passing through one point.
  1. 'It is always wise to make a sketch of the system, including the ray bundles for the on-axis and off-axis imagery.'
A thing that is arranged radially.
  1. 'All rays of the outwardly placed spicules are well developed.'
  2. 'These rays have no relation to anything in the vertebrate limb.'
  3. 'For example, it is possible that cellular turnover contributes to outgrowth of the fin ray.'
  4. 'Species of Orbiculopylorum are always characterized by an outer part that is definitely separated from the inner part, and the two parts are connected mainly by internal rays.'
  5. 'Parenchyma rays occur throughout the xylem and phloem cells.'
  6. 'The resin canal itself was excluded from fusiform rays.'
  7. 'A yellow ray of flowers appears on a long fleshy hollow stem.'
  8. 'The pelvic fin usually consists of a spine on each side and one fin ray.'
  9. 'Second, in most basal ray-finned fishes such as sturgeon and trout a single dorsal fin is present and is supported by flexible fin rays.'
  10. 'The dorsal fin has 13 spines and 10 soft rays and the anal fin has 7 spines and 10 soft rays.'
  11. 'The sequence and pattern of development of supernumerary rays differs among multiradiate starfish.'


Spread from or as if from a central point.
  1. 'So he went to where a single blackthorn limb spired above a briary thicket, rayed with fine spikes.'
  2. 'the sun rays forth its natural light into the air'


(in tonic sol-fa) the second note of a major scale.

    More definitions

    1. a narrow beam of light.

    2. a gleam or slight manifestation: a ray of hope.

    3. a raylike line or stretch of something.

    4. light or radiance.

    5. a line of sight.

    6. Physics, Optics. any of the lines or streams in which light appears to radiate from a luminous body. the straight line normal to the wave front in the propagation of radiant energy. a stream of material particles all moving in the same straight line.

    7. Mathematics. one of a system of straight lines emanating from a

    More examples(as adjective)

    "weavers can be ray."

    "people can be ray."


    (ray)Middle English re, representing (as an arbitrary name for the note) the first syllable of resonare, taken from a Latin hymn (see solmization).


    ray of sunshine