array

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English arrayen, from Anglo-Norman arayer (compare Old French arayer, areer (to put in order)), from Medieval Latin arrēdō (to put in order, arrange, array), from Medieval Latin *rēdum (preparation, order), from Frankish *reida (preparation, order) or Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌳𐍃 (garaids, ready, prepared), from Proto-Germanic *raidaz, *raidiz (ready), from Proto-Indo-European *reidʰ- (to put in order, ease, make comfortable). Cognate with Old High German gireiti (preparation), Old Frisian rēde (ready), Old English ġerǣde (preparation, equipment). More at ready.

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array (third-person singular simple present arrays, present participle arraying, simple past and past participle arrayed)

  1. To clothe and ornament; to adorn or attire
    He was arrayed in his finest robes and jewels.
  2. To lay out in an orderly arrangement; to deploy or marshal
  3. (law) To set in order, as a jury, for the trial of a cause; that is, to call them one at a time.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Blackstone to this entry?)

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Noun[edit]

array (plural arrays)

  1. Clothing and ornamentation.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
  2. A collection laid out to be viewed in full.
  3. An orderly series, arrangement or sequence.
    • Prescott
      a gallant array of nobles and cavaliers
  4. Order; a regular and imposing arrangement; disposition in regular lines; hence, order of battle.
    drawn up in battle array
    • Gibbon
      wedged together in the closest array
  5. A large collection.
    • Byron
      their long array of sapphire and of gold
    We offer a dazzling array of choices.
    • 2011 October 23, Phil McNulty, “Man Utd 1 - 6 Man City”, BBC Sport:
      Mario Balotelli, in the headlines for accidentally setting his house ablaze with fireworks, put City on their way with goals either side of the interval as United struggled to contain the array of attacking talent in front of them.
  6. (programming) Any of various data structures designed to hold multiple elements of the same type; especially, a data structure that holds these elements in adjacent memory locations so that they may be retrieved using numeric indices.
  7. (law) A ranking or setting forth in order, by the proper officer, of a jury as impanelled in a cause; the panel itself; or the whole body of jurors summoned to attend the court.
  8. (military) A militia.

Usage notes[edit]

  • (any of various data structures): The exact usage of the term array, and of related terms, generally depends on the programming language. For example, many languages distinguish a fairly low-level "array" construct from a higher-level "list" or "vector" construct. Some languages distinguish between an "array" and a variety of "associative array"; others have only the latter concept, calling it an "array".

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Noun[edit]

array m (plural arrays)

  1. (programming) array (any of various data structures)

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