Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ray of heat; specifically, one of the less refrangible, infra-red, long-waved rays of the spectrum, discovered by the elder Herschel, which are invisible and have little actinic power, but are detected by means of their thermal effects.

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Examples

  • I think we all know the difference is that Muslim terrorists have heat-ray vision.

    Matthew Yglesias » GOP Says No to KSM/Gitmo Deal

  • Yes, you can blind humans with a heat-ray and they can still reproduce under laboratory conditions.

    Abusing Science

  • PD wrote: “Dr. Smith will also accept as evidence of extraterrestrial origin either the emergence of heat-ray wielding Martians or the spread of non-organic spores that seek human hosts.”

    The Terror « Skulls in the Stars

  • In addition to meteoritic bits, Dr. Smith will also accept as evidence of extraterrestrial origin either the emergence of heat-ray wielding Martians or the spread of non-organic spores that seek human hosts. skullsinthestars Says:

    The Terror « Skulls in the Stars

  • I squint my eyes real hard and try to use my special heat-ray vision to melt all the snow.

    Excerpt: Finding Fish by Antwone Quenton Fisher

  • Most of the Paratime Police and a few of the priests also carried either heat-ray pistols or neutron-disruption blasters; Verkan Vall wore one of the latter in a left-hand belt holster.

    Temple Trouble

  • "Would our heat-ray actually set them afire, Steve?"

    Spacehounds of IPC

  • If they can't work on ice-water without wearing suits of five-ply asbestos, what would a real heat-ray do to them?

    Spacehounds of IPC

  • DuQuesne whirled, snarling, and his automatic and that of Loring were leaping out when an awful acceleration threw them flat upon the floor, a magnetic force snatched away their weapons, and a heat-ray reduced them to two small piles of gray ash.

    Skylark Three

  • One of them -- a man -- assailed by a heat-ray, came hurtling down past me.

    Tarrano the Conqueror

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