American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lacking rays: a rayless flower.
- adj. Lacking light: "Hid by a rayless night” ( Percy Bysshe Shelley).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Without rays or radiance; unillumined; lightless; dark; somber; gloomy.
- In botany and zoology, having no rays or ray-like parts.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Destitute of rays; hence, dark; not illuminated; blind.
- adj. having no parts resembling rays; not having ray flowers
“A few, however, throw off only b-particles, while some are "rayless", i.e. undergo transformation without the expulsion of high-speed”
“Possessed of more than a cursory knowledge of astronomy, he took a sick man's pleasure in speculating as to the dwellers on the unseen worlds of those incredibly remote suns, to haunt whose houses of light, life came forth, a shy visitant, from the rayless crypts of matter.”
“Next, the Vision! next the Morning, after rayless nights and days,”
“I have no doubt they could see me in that rayless obscurity, and they did not seem to have any fear of me apart from the light.”
“She bade them adieu blithely; but the thoughts engendered by the invitation stood before her as sorrowful and rayless ghosts which could not be laid.”
“There he was, living or dead behind the mantle of that rayless night, and there he must remain at least until I could summon our fellow men to his assistance.”
“And where they mingled, where they crossed, flamed out suddenly immense rayless orbs; palpitant for an instant, then dissolving in spiralling, feathery spray of pallid emerald incandescences.”
“They were both rayless and strangely — lightless; they threw no shadows nor did their lambency lessen the dimness.”
“As the ends of the bars radiated into the annealing mist I saw the tentacles creep closer and ever closer to the rayless flame through which the mist flew.”
“The sun was setting red and rayless, with a play of many lights and tints, over the landscape up to the snow-line on the Sierra.”
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