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ar•ray



Pronunciation: (u-rā'), [key]
v.t.
1. to place in proper or desired order; marshal: Napoleon arrayed his troops for battle.
2. to clothe with garments, esp. of an ornamental kind; dress up; deck out: She arrayed herself in furs and diamonds.

n.
1. order or arrangement, as of troops drawn up for battle.
2. military force, esp. a body of troops.
3. a large and impressive grouping or organization of things: He couldn't dismiss the array of facts.
4. regular order or arrangement; series: an array of figures.
5. a large group, number, or quantity of people or things: an impressive array of scholars; an imposing array of books.
6. attire; dress: in fine array.
7. an arrangement of interrelated objects or items of equipment for accomplishing a particular task: thousands of solar cells in one vast array.
8. Math., Statistics.
a. an arrangement of a series of terms according to value, as from largest to smallest.
b. an arrangement of a series of terms in some geometric pattern, as in a matrix.
9. Computers.a block of related data elements, each of which is usually identified by one or more subscripts.
10. Radio.See antenna array.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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