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It uses a shell of ice to shield its inhabitants from cosmic rays, which can damage cells, increasing the risk of cancer or causing acute radiation sickness. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The club is a ray of light for them. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He saw the first ray of sunlight and heard the first crash of a wave. Christianity Today (2000)There is also one small ray of warm civic pride. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They have white rays and a bright yellow disc in the middle. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Wireless networks and mobile phone masts emitting spectral rays are ideal fodder for this sort of panic. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Some figures suggested a ray of hope. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The ancients built stone circles to greet the first rays of the solstice. Times, Sunday Times (2007)She was such a ray of light. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It is also not clear how much cosmic rays are involved in making clouds. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But there is one ray of hope. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It seemed ironic that a ray of hope should come from the far north. Times, Sunday Times (2010)His emblem is a ray of light. COLLINS DICTIONARY OF SAINTS (2004)After this he switched to research on cosmic rays. Times, Sunday Times (2011)But the coach can see rays of hope. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The one small ray of light shining through the dark hours was that there were still no new victims. THE LAST OF THE GENTLEMEN ADVENTURERS: Coming of Age in the Arctic (2004)Construction workers are at higher risk due to long spells working in direct sunlight and ultraviolet rays reflected from surfaces. The Sun (2011)There are some rays of light. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The first rays of sunshine are finally reaching the British economy. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Meanwhile, how to harness those first rays of spring? Times, Sunday Times (2008)I thought it was rays of sunlight reflecting off my glasses. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Each blossom has a ring of bright yellow rays, and in the middle a disc that is the colour of old gold. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The centrepiece is a vast aquarium filled with 65,000 sharks, rays and tropical fish. The Sun (2012)Out on the reef, we discovered waving purple coral, tropical fish and a ray as thick as my thigh. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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British English: ray NOUN
Rays of light are narrow beams of light.
...the first rays of light spread over the horizon.
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