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Disperse vs. Ray

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Disperseverb

To scatter in different directions

‘The Jews are dispersed among all nations.’;

Raynoun

A beam of light or radiation.

‘I saw a ray of light through the clouds.’;

Disperseverb

To break up and disappear; to dissipate

Raynoun

(zoology) A rib-like reinforcement of bone or cartilage in a fish's fin.

Disperseverb

To disseminate

Raynoun

(zoology) One of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran.

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Disperseverb

To separate rays of light etc. according to wavelength; to refract

Raynoun

(botany) A radiating part of a flower or plant; the marginal florets of a compound flower, such as an aster or a sunflower; one of the pedicels of an umbel or other circular flower cluster; radius.

Disperseverb

To distribute throughout

Raynoun

(obsolete) Sight; perception; vision; from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen.

Disperseadjective

Scattered or spread out.

Raynoun

(mathematics) A line extending indefinitely in one direction from a point.

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Disperseverb

To scatter abroad; to drive to different parts; to distribute; to diffuse; to spread; as, the Jews are dispersed among all nations.

‘The lips of the wise disperse knowledge.’; ‘Two lions, in the still, dark night,A herd of beeves disperse.’;

Raynoun

(colloquial) A tiny amount.

‘Unfortunately he didn't have a ray of hope.’;

Disperseverb

To scatter, so as to cause to vanish; to dissipate; as, to disperse vapors.

‘Dispersed are the glories.’;

Raynoun

A marine fish with a flat body, large wing-like fins, and a whip-like tail.

Disperseverb

To separate; to go or move into different parts; to vanish; as, the company dispersed at ten o'clock; the clouds disperse.

Raynoun

(obsolete) Array; order; arrangement; dress.

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Disperseverb

To distribute wealth; to share one's abundance with others.

‘He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor.’;

Raynoun

The letter ⟨/⟩, one of two which represent the r sound in Pitman shorthand.

Disperseverb

distribute loosely;

‘He scattered gun powder under the wagon’;

Raynoun

(music) re

Disperseverb

to cause to separate and go in different directions;

‘She waved her hand and scattered the crowds’;

Rayverb

(transitive) To emit something as if in rays.

Disperseverb

move away from each other;

‘The crowds dispersed’; ‘The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached’;

Rayverb

(intransitive) To radiate as if in rays.

Disperseverb

cause to separate;

‘break up kidney stones’; ‘disperse particles’;

Rayverb

(obsolete) To arrange.

Disperseverb

cause to become widely known;

‘spread information’; ‘circulate a rumor’; ‘broadcast the news’;

Rayverb

To dress, array (someone).

Disperse

Disperse was a Christian rock band from Southern Indiana active from 1996 to 2004.

Rayverb

(obsolete) To stain or soil; to defile.

Rayverb

To array.

Rayverb

To mark, stain, or soil; to streak; to defile.

Rayverb

To mark with long lines; to streak.

Rayverb

To send forth or shoot out; to cause to shine out; as, to ray smiles.

Rayverb

To shine, as with rays.

Raynoun

Array; order; arrangement; dress.

‘And spoiling all her gears and goodly ray.’;

Raynoun

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.

Raynoun

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.

Raynoun

One of the radiating spines, or cartilages, supporting the fins of fishes.

Raynoun

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.

Raynoun

Sight; perception; vision; - from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen.

‘All eyes direct their raysOn him, and crowds turn coxcombs as they gaze.’;

Raynoun

One of a system of diverging lines passing through a point, and regarded as extending indefinitely in both directions. See Half-ray.

Raynoun

Any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order Raiæ, including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, etc.

Raynoun

a column of light (as from a beacon)

Raynoun

a branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence

Raynoun

(mathematics) a straight line extending from a point

Raynoun

a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation

Raynoun

the syllable naming the second (supertonic) note of any major scale in solmization

Raynoun

any of the stiff bony rods in the fin of a fish

Raynoun

cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins

Rayverb

emit as rays;

‘That tower rays a laser beam for miles across the sky’;

Rayverb

extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center;

‘spokes radiate from the hub of the wheel’; ‘This plants radiates spines in all directions’;

Rayverb

expose to radiation;

‘irradiate food’;

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