Meaning of array

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.
    1. an arrangement of a series of terms according to value, as from largest to smallest.
    2. an arrangement of a series of terms in some geometric pattern, as in a matrix.
  8. a block of related data elements, each of which is usually identified by one or more subscripts.
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Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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