vi to shine, as with rays.
2. ray ·vt to array.
3. ray ·noun array; order; arrangement; dress.
4. ray ·noun to mark with long lines; to streak.
5. ray ·noun to send forth or shoot out; to cause to shine out; as, to ray smiles.
6. ray ·noun one of the radiating spines, or cartilages, supporting the fins of fishes.
7. ray ·vt to mark, stain, or soil; to streak; to defile.
8. ray ·noun any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order raiae, including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, ·etc.
9. ray ·noun one of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran.
10. ray ·noun one of a number of lines or parts diverging from a common point or center, like the radii of a circle; as, a star of six rays.
11. ray ·noun in a restricted sense, any of the broad, flat, narrow-tailed species, as the skates and sting rays. ·see skate.
12. ray ·noun sight; perception; vision;
from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen.
13. ray ·noun one of a system of diverging lines passing through a point, and regarded as extending indefinitely in both directions. ·see half-ray.
14. ray ·noun a line of light or heat proceeding from a radiant or reflecting point; a single element of light or heat propagated continuously; as, a solar ray; a polarized ray.
15. ray ·noun one of the component elements of the total radiation from a body; any definite or limited portion of the spectrum; as, the red ray; the violet ray. ·see ·illust. under light.
xvi. ray ·noun a radiating part of a flower or plant; the marginal florets of a compound flower, as an aster or a sunflower; one of the pedicels of an umbel or other circular flower cluster; radius. ·see radius.