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 (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.]
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.
To array a panel, to set forth in order the men that are impaneled.
Syn: -- To draw up; arrange; dispose; set in order.
n 1: an orderly arrangement; "an array of troops in battle order"
2: an impressive display; "it was a bewildering array of
books"; "his tools were in an orderly array on the
3: especially fine or decorative clothing [syn: raiment, regalia]
4: an arrangement of aerials spaced to give desired directional
v 1: lay out in a line [syn: range, lay out, set out]
2: align oneself with a group or a way of thinking [syn: align]