Full record for ray v.

Definition to fire a ray at
OED requirements antedating 1930
Earliest cite John W. Campbell, Jr., 'The Black Star Passes'
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1942 cite from Isaac Asimov's "Black Friar of the Flame".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from Henry Guth's "Earthbound".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from a letter by Derek Pickles to Thrilling Wonder Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1962 reprint of James H. Schmitz's "Agent of Vega", which Mike Christie verified in its 1949 first printing.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1934 cite from Frank K. Kelly's "Famine on Mars".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1984 reprint of E.E.'Doc' Smith's 1934 "Skylark of Valeron".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1930 cite from John W. Campbell, Jr.'s "The Black Star Passes".
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Citations for ray v.

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1930 J. W. Campbell Black Star Passes in Amazing Stories Q. Fall 509/1 So the ships had been rayed apart, and when Arcot had left, their burning atmosphere had been evolving mighty tongues of flame shooting a mile into the air.
1934 F. K. Kelly Famine on Mars in Astounding Stories Sept. 94/1 The people at the stations wouldn't have let the shell go by. They'd have rayed anything that big.
1942 I. Asimov Black Friar Flame in Planet Stories Spring 18/1 Order the guns placed in readiness and aimed along the avenues. Any Human attempting to pass the cordon is to be rayed mercilessly.
1947 H. Guth Earthbound in Planet Stories Winter 88/1 We rayed the thing out of space as a menace to navigation.
1949 J. H. Schmitz Agent of Vega in Astounding Sci. Fiction July 55/1 However, it wasn't the first time he'd seen a Zone Agent check in from the Emergency Treatment Chamber of his ship, completely inclosed in a block of semisolid protective gel, through which he was being molded, rayed, dosed, drenched, shocked, nourished and psychoed back to health and sanity.
1952 Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec. 132/1 I am sick of demands for Captain Future; having read most of them from sheer force of circumstances (during the shortage but of all the overgrown Captain Marvel characters that have rayed their way through the pages of the pulps CF took some beating.
1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars i. 5 Seven paths rayed down through the park to become wide, tree-lined, grassy boulevards.