• WordNet 3.6
    • n tray an open receptacle for holding or displaying or serving articles or food
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tray A flat, broad vessel on which dishes, glasses, etc., are carried; a waiter; a salver.
    • Tray A shallow box, generally without a top, often used within a chest, trunk, box, etc., as a removable receptacle for small or light articles.
    • Tray A small trough or wooden vessel, sometimes scooped out of a block of wood, for various domestic uses, as in making bread, chopping meat, etc.
    • v. t Tray To betray; to deceive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tray A trough, open box, or similar vessel used for different domestic and industrial purposes. Specifically
    • n tray A flat shallow vessel or utensil with slightly raised edges, employed for holding bread, dishes, glassware, silver, cards, etc., and for other household uses. Trays are made in many shapes of wood, metal, papier-mâché, etc., and have various names according to their use, as tea-tray, bread-tray, silver-tray, etc. Thin trays of veneers are also used to pack butter, lard, and light materials for transport in small quantities. The tray differs from the salver only in size. Trays are used also in mining, as a washing-tray, a picking-tray.
    • n tray A wide shallow coverless box of wood or cardboard, used in museums for packing and displaying specimens of natural history. Trays for small mammals, birds, etc., are usually from 1 to 3 feet long, half as wide, and from 1 to 3 inches deep; they are set in tiers, often in drawers of cabinets, or form such drawers. Trays for eggs are usually of light cardboard, from 1 by 2 to 4 by 8 inches wide and very shallow, fitted in a single layer in larger wooden trays or cabinet-drawers. The drawers or frames for holding eggs in an incubator are usually called trays. These are generally skeleton frames of wood, with bottoms of wire netting, and transverse wooden cleats fixed at intervals corresponding to the diameter of an egg, to prevent the eggs from rolling off.
    • n tray A shallow and usually rectangular dish or pan of crockery ware, gutta-percha, papier-mâché, metal, or other material, used in museums for holding wet (alcoholic) specimens when these are overhauled for study, etc. Similar trays are used for ova in fish-culture, for many chemical operations, in photography, etc.
    • n tray A hod.
    • n tray A hurdle.
    • n tray Trouble; annoyance; anger.
    • tray To grieve; annoy.
    • tray To betray.
    • n tray Deceit; stratagem.
    • n tray Same as trey.
    • n tray The third branch, snag, or point of a deer's antler.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tray trā a shallow trough-like vessel: a salver.
    • n Tray trā the third branch of a deer's antler.
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  • Tennessee Williams
    “Time rushes toward us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. traïr, F. trahir, L. tradere,. See Traitor


In literature:

A waiter was passing with a tray of drinks.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
The stateroom was kept dark and the tray containing her meals was left at the bedside.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
Her Aunt Beulah told her to help herself to sugar and to cream for her oatmeal, from off this girl's tray.
"Turn About Eleanor" by Ethel M. Kelley
Now we have a triangle on the inside of the tray.
"Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools" by Virginia McGaw
A tray is much better to transfer all articles except large platters.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
The smaller tray is shown in figure 9.
"Presentation Pieces in the Museum of History and Technology" by Margaret Brown Klapthor
Always, while he dressed, his servant put, unseen, a tray on the workshop table and, still unseen, disappeared.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
He was sitting at the table, with a pen in his hand, and he looked up and told me to put the tray on the trunk.
"The Ivory Snuff Box" by Arnold Fredericks
He dropped the match on to the ash-tray and bent a little nearer to her.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
Presently Mrs. Goodman entered, bearing a tray of food and a telegram.
"East of the Shadows" by Mrs. Hubert Barclay

In poetry:

Dowagers, stiff in black brocades,
Worry the waiters—sweep their trays:
How they scowl at the foolish men
Basking in Beauty's blaze!
"Vers De Societe" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
"Red, blue and yellow and light green —
They was reel pretty when all done;
We'd lay trays on the window sill
To watch 'em shining in the sun.
"“Feathers — Flowers”" by Laura Benet
chill me, so do cups used for ash-trays or smeared
with lip-stick: the homes I warm to,
though seldom wealthy, always convey a feeling
of bills being promptly settled
"The Common Life" by W H Auden
I guess if one should meet me now
That she would gasp to think,
She ever knew a thing like me,
As down the street I slink,
And trembling cadge from some old pal
The tray-bit for a drink.
"And What Have You To Say?" by Henry Lawson
"'Here he comes, holds in mouth this time
--What may the thing be? Well, that's prime!
Now, did you ever? Reason reigns
In man alone, since all Tray's pains
Have fished--the child's doll from the slime!'
"Tray" by Robert Browning
Blest child! she did not tray long, and yet,—
O, happy thought—she did not live in vain,
If truly she did seek and find
The "Pearl of Price," that precious boon,
Then ne'er to her could come too soon
The summons to an early tomb.
"A Requiem" by Mary Weston Fordham

In news:

Upside Down Ice Cube Tray Turns Mums Right Way Up By Simplifying Baby Food Storage.
A very busy in-tray .
Mandi Steele/FULTON SUN photo: Eighth-graders Kensey James, 13, and Cole Branson, 14, empty trays at the Auxvasse Community Hall during Loafer 's Week Tuesday afternoon.
These trays are thermoformed in a wide range of sizes from standard and eco-friendly materials and are custom designed to match production and packaging requirements.
Sunrise River Elementary students learned where the food on their school lunch trays really comes from thanks to Farm to School Month, which was celebrated with two live chickens and a tractor display on Friday, Sept 28.
I made my tray from scraps of 1/2-in.
Watch this video from Graphic Packaging that shows a customized tray denesting system that punches venting holes into trays.
Lisa Lugo carries a tray of freshly thrown bowls while volunteering at the Vero Beach Museum of Art.
A tray table flips up from the left arm and holds a removable wireless keyboard for Microsoft WebTV Plus.
Weis partnered with Clearly Clean Products to create the new trays, which are made from 80% recycled plastic.
There are only 39 votes separating fourth term incumbent, Charles Brock and his challenger, Tray Hawkins.
Super gift idea for holiday baskets or for family treats or to decorate other sweet treat trays.
Cleaning ice cube trays with a hint of vinegar can help prevent your cubes from cracking.
Do it yourself, reduce cost for padded trays.
Their restaurant and deli, Dominick 's Italian Trattoria, specializes in catering, particularly as the holidays approach and office parties and family get-togethers increase the demand for high-end, affordable trays of food.

In science:

Since A is diagonal, the term trAY gives simply the extra term exp[iN P an ¯cnαcnα ] in the integrand of Fk in (28), .
Characteristic polynomials of real symmetric random matrices
Since there are no SSDs on either the top of the first tray or the bottom of the last tray, we have 16 detector planes in the tracker.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Therefore, we will use the photometrically determined distance to tray to establish the evolutionary status of HD 115520.
On the nature of Delta Scuti star HD 115520
For the year 2009 run, we plan to install another prototype tray, which will be equipped with the same electronics as the time of flight system at STAR, to further address the timing resolution of the Long-MRPC at STAR.
Prototype Performance of Novel Muon Telescope Detector at STAR
Figure 4: An analog electronics tray with eight channels.
The MIDAS telescope for microwave detection of ultra-high energy cosmic rays