array meaning

[ ə'rei ] Pronunciation:   "array" in a sentence
  • Noun: array  u'rey
    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 basement wall" 
    3. Especially fine or decorative clothing
      - raiment [archaic], regalia 
    4. An arrangement of aerials spaced to give desired directional characteristics
    Verb: array  u'rey
    1. Lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line
      - range, lay out, set out 
    2. Align oneself with a group or a way of thinking
      - align

    Derived forms: arrays, arrayed, arraying

    Type of: arrange, arrangement, article of clothing, clothing, directional antenna, display, habiliment [archaic], set up, stand, vesture, wear, wearable

    Encyclopedia: Array

  • [Business]
    noun [C]


    a group or collection of products, often one that is large or impressive:

    a vast array of goods to choose from

    The company offers a broad array of data and Internet communications products.


    a broad/vast/wide array of sth

    2 (IT )

    a way of organizing and storing related data in a computer memory

  • [Electronics]
    1. A directive antenna that consists of an assembly of properly dimensioned and spaced elements, such as radiators, directors, and reflectors.
    2. A coordinated group or matrix of components, such as diodes, resistors, memory cells, etc., often enclosed in one capsule.
    3. Sub-scripted variables representing data arranged so that a program can examine the array and extract data relevant to a particular subscript.

  • [Law]

  • [Computer]
    1. <programming> A collection of identically typed data items distinguished by their indices (or "subscripts"). The number of dimensions an array can have depends on the language but is usually unlimited.

    An array is a kind of aggregate data type. A single ordinary variable (a "scalar") could be considered as a zero-dimensional array. A one-dimensional array is also known as a "vector".

    A reference to an array element is written something like A where A is the array name and i, j and k are the indices. The C language is peculiar in that each index is written in separate brackets, e.g. A This expresses the fact that, in C, an N-dimensional array is actually a vector, each of whose elements is an N-1 dimensional array.

    Elements of an array are usually stored contiguously. Languages differ as to whether the leftmost or rightmost index varies most rapidly, i.e. whether each row is stored contiguously or each column (for a 2D array).

    Arrays are appropriate for storing data which must be accessed in an unpredictable order, in contrast to lists which are best when accessed sequentially. Array indices are integers, usually natural numbers, whereas the elements of an associative array are identified by strings.

    2. <architecture> A processor array, not to be confused with an array processor.


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  1. the profile or array technique is not new.
  2. the stress components form a symmetric array.
  3. this leads us to the concept of arrays of detectors.
  4. the store had quite an array of leather shoes in stock.
  5. he was standing in proud array in the face of difficulties.

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