What's the difference between
Enter two words to compare and contrast their definitions, origins, and synonyms to better understand how those words are related.

Allay vs Array - What's the difference?

allay | array |

As verbs the difference between allay and array

is that allay is to make quiet or put at rest; to pacify or appease; to quell; to calm while array is to clothe and ornament; to adorn or attire.

As nouns the difference between allay and array

is that allay is alleviation; abatement; check while array is clothing and ornamentation.



Alternative forms

* (obsolete)


(en verb)
  • To make quiet or put at rest; to pacify or appease; to quell; to calm.
  • to allay popular excitement
    to allay the tumult of the passions
  • To alleviate; to abate; to mitigate.
  • to allay the severity of affliction or the bitterness of adversity
  • (obsolete) To subside, abate, become peaceful.
  • * 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , Mark IV:
  • And the wynde alayed , and there folowed a greate calme: and he sayde unto them: why are ye fearfull?
  • * Shakespeare
  • When the rage allays .
  • (archaic) To mix (metals); to mix with a baser metal; to alloy; to deteriorate.
  • (Fuller)


    He had to pretend to be drunk in order to allay the suspicions which might have been aroused by his appearance at the gate.
    —Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in A Study in Scarlet


    * alleviate; check; repress; assuage; appease; abate; subdue; destroy; compose; soothe; calm; quiet


  • alleviation; abatement; check
  • References



    * ----




    (en noun)
  • Clothing and ornamentation.
  • (Dryden)
  • A collection laid out to be viewed in full.
  • An orderly series, arrangement or sequence.
  • * Prescott
  • a gallant array of nobles and cavaliers
  • Order; a regular and imposing arrangement; disposition in regular lines; hence, order of battle.
  • drawn up in battle array
  • * Gibbon
  • wedged together in the closest array
  • A large collection.
  • * Byron
  • their long array of sapphire and of gold
    We offer a dazzling array of choices.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=October 23 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Man Utd 1 - 6 Man City , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=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.}}
  • (programming) Any of various data structures designed to hold multiple elements of the same type; especially , a data structure that holds these elements in adjacent memory locations so that they may be retrieved using numeric indices.
  • (legal) A ranking or setting forth in order, by the proper officer, of a jury as impanelled in a cause; the panel itself; or the whole body of jurors summoned to attend the court.
  • (military) A militia.
  • Usage notes

    * (any of various data structures) The exact usage of the term , and of related terms, generally depends on the programming language. For example, many languages distinguish a fairly low-level "array" construct from a higher-level "list" or "vector" construct. Some languages distinguish between an "array" and a variety of "associative array"; others have only the latter concept, calling it an "array".

    Derived terms

    * * * * *


    * (orderly series) disarray

    See also

    * (any of various data structures) ones-based indexing, zero-based indexing


  • To clothe and ornament; to adorn or attire
  • He was arrayed in his finest robes and jewels.
  • To lay out in an orderly arrangement; to deploy or marshal
  • (legal) To set in order, as a jury, for the trial of a cause; that is, to call them one at a time.
  • (Blackstone)