Array

Definition of Array

Ar`ray´
n.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 ranking or setting forth in order, by the proper officer, of a jury as impaneled in a cause.
To challenge the array
(Law) to except to the whole panel.
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.
- Cowell.
v. t.1.To place or dispose in order, as troops for battle; to marshal.
[imp. & p. p. Arrayed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Arraying.]
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.
- Cowell.

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