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[n] an arrangement of aerials spaced to give desired directional characteristics
[n] especially fine or decorative clothing
[n] an impressive display; "it was a bewildering array of books"; "his tools were in an orderly array on the basement wall"
[n] an orderly arrangement; "an array of troops in battle order"
[v] align oneself with a group or a way of thinking
[v] lay out in a line

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\Ar*ray"\, n. [OE. arai, arrai, OF. arrai, arrei, arroi, order, arrangement, dress, F. arroi; a (L. ad) + OF. rai, rei, roi, order, arrangement, fr. G. or Scand.; cf. Goth. raidjan, garaidjan, to arrange, MHG. gereiten, Icel. rei[eth]i rigging, harness; akin to E. ready. Cf. {Ready}, {Greith}, {Curry}.]
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. --Dryden.
5. (Law) (a) A ranking or setting forth in order, by the proper officer, of a jury as impaneled in a cause. (b) The panel itself. (c) The whole body of jurors summoned to attend the court. {To challenge the array} (Law), to except to the whole panel. --Cowell. --Tomlins. --Blount. {Commission of array} (Eng. Hist.), a commission given by the prince to officers in every county, to muster and array the inhabitants, or see them in a condition for war. --Blackstone.
\Ar*ray"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Arrayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Arraying}.] [OE. araien, arraien, fr. OE. arraier, arreier, arreer, arroier, fr. arrai. See {Array}, n.]
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. --Blackstone. {To array a panel}, to set forth in order the men that are impaneled. --Cowell. --Tomlins. Syn: To draw up; arrange; dispose; set in order.

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