Drawn up in battle array.
A formation of soldiers is an example of an array.
A rainbow of colors is an example of an array of colors.
To line-up floats in a parade is an example of array.
Arrayed the whole regiment on the parade ground.
An array of royal jewels.
An array of heavily armed troops; an array of spare parts.
- 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.
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Origin of array
- Middle English arraien from Anglo-Norman arraier from Vulgar Latin arrēdāre reidh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 (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.