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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ar*ray"
  1. Order; a regular and imposing arrangement; disposition in regular lines; hence, order of battle; as, drawn up in battle array ."Wedged together in the closest array." [Gibbon.]
  2. The whole body of persons thus placed in order; an orderly collection; hence, a body of soldiers."A gallant array of nobles and cavaliers." [Prescott.]
  3. An imposing series of things."Their long array of sapphire and of gold." [Byron.]
  4. Dress; garments disposed in order upon the person; rich or beautiful apparel.
  5. [Law]
    1. A ranking or setting forth in order, by the proper officer, of a jury as impaneled in a cause.
    2. The panel itself.
    3. The whole body of jurors summoned to attend the court.

Etymology: OE. arai arrai, OF. arrai arrei arroi, order, arrangement, dress, F. arroi; aL. ad) + OF. rai rei roi, order, arrangement, fr. G. or Scand.; cf. Goth. raidjan garaidjan, to arrange, MHG. gereiten, Icel. reiði rigging, harness; akin to E. ready. Cf. Ready Greith Curry

verb Ar*ray"
  1. To place or dispose in order, as troops for battle; to marshal."By torch and trumpet fast arrayed, Each horseman drew his battle blade." [Campbell.]"These doubts will be arrayed before their minds." [Farrar.]
  2. To deck or dress; to adorn with dress; to cloth to envelop; -- applied esp. to dress of a splendid kind."Pharaoh . . . arrayed him in vestures of fine linen." [Gen. xli.�.]"In gelid caves with horrid gloom arrayed." [Trumbull.]
  3. [Law] To set in order, as a jury, for the trial of a cause; that is, to call them man by man.
    synonyms: To draw up; arrange; dispose; set in order.

Etymology: OE. araien arraien, fr. OE. arraier arreier arreer arroier, fr. arrai. See Array (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An arrangement of aerials spaced to give desired directional characteristics
  2. Especially fine or decorative clothing
  3. An impressive display ("it was a bewildering array of books" and "his tools were in an orderly array on the basement wall")
  4. An orderly arrangement ("an array of troops in battle order")
  5. Align oneself with a group or a way of thinking
  6. Lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line

From Middle English arrayen, from Anglo-Norman arraier (compare Old French arraier, areer (“to put in order”)), from Medieval Latin arrēdō (“to put in order, arrange, array”), from Medieval Latin *rēdum (“preparation, order”), from Frankish *reida (“preparation, order”) or Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌳𐍃 (garaids, “ready, prepared”), from Proto-Germanic *raidaz, *raidiz (“ready”), from Proto-Indo-European *reydʰ- (“to put in order, ease, make comfortable”). Cognate with Old High German gireiti (“preparation”), Old Frisian rēde (“ready”), Old English ġerǣde (“preparation, equipment”). More at ready.

  1. Clothing and ornamentation.
  2. A collection laid out to be viewed in full.
  3. An orderly series, arrangement or sequence.
  4. Order; a regular and imposing arrangement; disposition in regular lines; hence, order of battle.
    drawn up in battle
  5. A large collection.
    We offer a dazzling 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. (law) 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 hedgehogs.
  11. The same as a microarray.

array was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

Fun Facts about the name Array

  • When was the first name Array first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Array is Tuesday, January 1st, 1895.
  • How unique is the name Array? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Array. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Array: Your name in reverse order is Yarra. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Arary. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Array born Feb 11, 1983

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Portugal approximately on 900. Your profession was monk, bee-keeper, and lone gunman.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.