Meaning of ARRAY in English

/ əˈreɪ; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


[ usually sing. ] a group or collection of things or people, often one that is large or impressive :

a vast array of bottles of different shapes and sizes

a dazzling array of talent


( computing ) a way of organizing and storing related data in a computer memory


( technical ) a set of numbers, signs or values arranged in rows and columns

■ verb [ vn ] [ usually passive ] ( formal )


to arrange a group of things in a pleasing way or so that they are in order :

Jars of all shapes and sizes were arrayed on the shelves.


to arrange soldiers in a position from which they are ready to attack



Middle English (in the senses preparedness and place in readiness ): from Old French arei (noun), areer (verb), based on Latin ad- towards + a Germanic base meaning prepare.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.