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Nickname vs. Ray

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Nicknamenoun

A familiar, invented given name for a person or thing used instead of the actual name of the person or thing.

Raynoun

A beam of light or radiation.

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

Nicknamenoun

A kind of byname that describes a person by a characteristic of that person.

Raynoun

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

Nicknameverb

(transitive) To give a nickname to (a person or thing).

Raynoun

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

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Nicknamenoun

A name given in affectionate familiarity, sportive familiarity, contempt, or derision; a familiar or an opprobrious appellation; as, Nicholas's nickname is Nick.

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.

Nicknameverb

To give a nickname to; to call by a nickname.

‘You nickname virtue; vice you should have spoke.’; ‘I altogether disclaim what has been nicknamed the doctrine of finality.’;

Raynoun

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

Nicknamenoun

a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name);

‘Joe's mother would not use his nickname and always called him Joseph’; ‘Henry's nickname was Slim’;

Raynoun

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

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Nicknamenoun

a descriptive name for a place or thing;

‘the nickname for the U.S. Constitution is `Old Ironsides'’;

Raynoun

(colloquial) A tiny amount.

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

Nicknameverb

give a nickname to

Raynoun

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

Nickname

A nickname is a substitute for the proper name of a familiar person, place or thing. Commonly used to express affection, a form of endearment and sometimes amusement, it can also be used to express defamation of character, particularly by school bullies.

Raynoun

(obsolete) Array; order; arrangement; dress.

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Raynoun

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

Raynoun

(music) re

Rayverb

(transitive) To emit something as if in rays.

Rayverb

(intransitive) To radiate as if in rays.

Rayverb

(obsolete) To arrange.

Rayverb

To dress, array (someone).

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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