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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several synthetic textile fibers produced by forcing a cellulose solution through fine spinnerets and solidifying the resulting filaments.
  • n. A fabric so woven or knit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of raion.
  • n. A manufactured regenerated cellulosic fiber.
  • n. A ray or beam.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Ray; beam.
  • n. A synthetic fiber, made of thin filaments of regenerated cellulose, extruded from a solution of viscose. Called also viscose fiber and viscose rayon fiber.
  • n. a textile fabric made from rayon{1}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A beam or ray.
  • n. The radius of area of action (of a fort, a ship, an array, or a fleet).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a synthetic silklike fabric

Etymologies

Perhaps from French rayon, ray of light (from its sheen), from rai, from Old French; see ray1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "The radius of area of action (of a fort, a ship, an array, or a fleet)."
    --Cent. Dict.

    August 15, 2012