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noun     array pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually singular] a large group of people or things that are related in some way
    array of:

    an impressive array of musical talent

  2. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] science a number of pieces of equipment of the same type, connected together to do a particular job

    An array of solar panels supplies the site with electricity.

  3. 3
    [countable] computing an arrangement of numbers and symbols organized in rows and columns, used when writing computer programs
  4. 4
    [uncountable] literary beautiful or impressive clothes


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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