Definition of array noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈreɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈreɪ//
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  1. 1[usually singular] a group or collection of things or people, often one that is large or impressive a vast array of bottles of different shapes and sizes a dazzling array of talent
  2. 2 (computing) a way of organizing and storing related data in a computer memory See related entries: Computer programming
  3. 3(specialist) a set of numbers, signs or values arranged in rows and columns See related entries: Mathematical terminology
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in the senses ‘preparedness’ and ‘place in readiness’): from Old French arei (noun), areer (verb), based on Latin ad- ‘towards’ + a Germanic base meaning ‘prepare’.Extra examples Her writing covers a wide array of topics. It is difficult to choose from the vast array of wines on offer. The city has the usual array of social problems. The customer is faced with a formidable array of products. The store offers a bewildering array of garden tools. a seemingly endless array of options I was amazed by the dazzling array of talent. On the shelf was a vast array of bottles of different shapes and sizes. a vast/​huge/​rich/​impressive/​fascinating/​colourful/​glittering/​bewildering/​confusing/​dazzling/​wonderful array of something
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