from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ray of the sun; a sunbeam.

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  • n. a ray of artificial ultraviolet light from a sunray lamp


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  • Tantlatch drummed with his knuckles on a spear-heft across his knees, and gazed idly along the path of a sun-ray which pierced a lacing-hole and flung


  • Nor would he sniff at himself again, for, incredibly, his native odor had peeled away the perfume that masked it; had slowly burned through the potent excess of patchouli like a sun-ray blazing its way through a purple fog, and now, after less than an hour of suppression, the goat gas-that chloride compound of barnyard and bedroom-was boiling again, filling the grotto with a sleazy vapor, a steam to press a rooster's pants.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • Yet it was a mote in the sun-ray compared to the empire of the Spirit of the Void.

    Dwellers in the Mirage

  • A smooth lawn-like glade; a dense and awful growth of impenetrable jungle around us; those stately natural pillars — a glorious phalanx of royal trees, bearing at such sublime heights vivid green masses of foliage, through which no single sun-ray penetrated, while at our feet babbled the primeval brook, over smooth pebbles, in soft tones befitting the sacred quiet of the scene!

    How I Found Livingstone

  • In the slightest sensation conveyed by the humblest aliment, the smell of coffee and milk, we recover that vague hope of fine weather which enticed us when the day was dawning and the morning sky uncertain; a sun-ray is a vase filled with perfumes, with sounds, with moments, with various humours, with climates.

    Time Regained

  • And if I left my room, at the end of the passage, set towards me like a band of scarlet, I perceived the hangings of a little sitting-room which though only made of muslin, were of a scarlet so vivid that they would catch fire if a single sun-ray touched them.

    Time Regained

  • On the next day also, the play of light and shade, and the hide and seek of sun-ray and water-cloud, gave the view a cachet of its own.

    The Land of Midian

  • "And you're lucky to have that glorious, shimmering robe and sun-ray head-dress, " said Peggy.

    The Secret Mountain

  • In his arms was the beautiful shimmering robe of golden cloth that he had worn the day before, and over his shouder he had slung his sun-ray headress.

    The Secret Mountain

  • Then as he stood, darkness about him and a blackness of despair and anger in his heart, it seemed to him that he saw a light: a light in his mind, almost unbearably bright at first, as a sun-ray to the eyes of one long hidden in a windowless pit.

    The Lord of the Rings


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