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English noun: ray

1. ray (phenomenon) a column of light (as from a beacon)


Synonymsbeam, beam of light, irradiation, light beam, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light


Broader (hypernym)light, visible light, visible radiation


Narrower (hyponym)heat ray, high beam, laser beam, low beam, moon ray, moon-ray, moonbeam, sunbeam, sunray

2. ray (plant) a branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence


Broader (hypernym)pedicel, pedicle

3. ray (shape) (mathematics) a straight line extending from a point


Broader (hypernym)vector


Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

4. ray (phenomenon) a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation


Synonymsbeam, electron beam


Broader (hypernym)electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic wave, nonparticulate radiation


Narrower (hyponym)cathode ray, particle beam

5. ray (communication) the syllable naming the second (supertonic) note of any major scale in solmization


Synonymsre


Broader (hypernym)solfa syllable

6. ray (animal) any of the stiff bony spines in the fin of a fish


Broader (hypernym)spine


Part meronymfin

7. ray (animal) cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins


Broader (hypernym)elasmobranch, selachian


Narrower (hyponym)crampfish, devilfish, eagle ray, electric ray, guitarfish, manta, manta ray, numbfish, sawfish, skate, stingray, torpedo


English verb: ray

1. ray (weather) emit as rays


SamplesThat tower rays a laser beam for miles across the sky.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)emit, give off, give out

2. ray (stative) extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center


SamplesSpokes radiate from the hub of the wheel.
This plants radiate spines in all directions.


Synonymsradiate


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)extend, go, lead, pass, run

3. ray (change) expose to radiation


SamplesIrradiate food.


Synonymsirradiate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)process, treat


Narrower (hyponym)bombard









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