• IPA: /əˈɹeɪ/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈɹeɪ/, /ˈæ.ɹɛ͡ɪ/ (UK)


  1. Clothing and ornamentation.
    • 1700, [John] Dryden, “Palamon and Arcite: Or, The Knight’s Tale. In Three Books.”, in Fables Ancient and Modern; […], London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, […], OCLC 228732415 ↗, book I, page 8 ↗:
      In this Remembrance Emily e’re day / Aroſe, and dreſs’d her ſelf in rich Array {{...}
  2. A collection laid out to be view#Verb|viewed in full.
  3. An orderly series, arrangement or sequence.
    • a gallant array of nobles and cavaliers
  4. Order; a regular and imposing arrangement; disposition in regular lines; hence, order of battle.
    drawn up in battle array
    • wedged together in the closest array
  5. A large collection.
    • their long array of sapphire and of gold
    We offer a dazzling array of choices.
  6. (mathematics) Common name for matrix.
  7. (programming) Any of various data structures designed to hold multiple elements of the same type; especially, a data structure that holds these elements in adjacent memory locations so that they may be retrieved using numeric indices.
  8. (legal) A ranking or setting forth in order, by the proper officer, of a jury as impanelled in a cause; the panel itself; or the whole body of jurors summoned to attend the court.
  9. (military) A militia.
  10. A group of hedgehogs.
  11. A microarray.
Antonyms Related terms
  • array data structure
  • array data type
  • array gain
  • array mbira
  • array processing
  • array programming
  • array slicing
  • ICL Distributed Array Processor
  • Intel Array Visualizer
  • phased-array optics
  • Programmable Array Logic
  • Telescope Array Project
  • towed array sonar
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array (arrays, present participle arraying; past and past participle arrayed)

  1. To clothe and ornament; to adorn or attire.
    He was arrayed in his finest robes and jewels.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book II, canto IX, stanza 37, page 317 ↗:
      In a long purple pall, whose ſkirt with gold, / Was fretted all about, ſhe was arayd, {{...}
  2. To lay out in an orderly arrangement; to deploy or marshal.
  3. (legal) To set in order, as a jury, for the trial of a cause; that is, to call them one at a time.
    • 1768, William Blackstone, “Of the Trial by Jury”, in Commentaries on the Laws of England, book III (Of Private Wrongs), Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press, OCLC 65350522 ↗, page 359 ↗:
      Alſo, though there be no perſonal objection againſt the ſheriff, yet if he arrays the panel at the nomination, or under the direction of either party, this is good cauſe of challenge to the array.
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