= ray n.
Only the fact that a hummock of heathery sand intercepted the lower part of the Heat Ray saved them.
The heat ray was, even when working at full capacity, quite ineffective against the ten-man ships, when produced by the small mechanism of the Nigrian one-man ships, but the great rays from the monster interstellar liners were fatal.
With our heat-rays and other weapons we might wipe out the revolutionists in time; but the plagues they have brought in are a different problem.
There were two million Scientists and over five hundred thousand metal men. Atomic Physicist SQ132 had developed the heat ray twelve years before. In thirty-four days of battle every woman, child, and man other than the Scientists died. At last Science had triumphed.
‘Disintegraters, heat-rays, bombs of every type. And impenetrable shields of energy, massive and portable. What more do I need?’
Definitely a heat ray of some sort.
He couldn’t believe that there had been time enough for any group to invent a heat-ray, if such a thing could exist. Yet nothing else would explain the two sudden bursts of flame he had seen.
A huge arm comes through the window and gropes around until the leader burns it off with his heat-ray gun and hears the monster shamble off in the darkness.
The Martians are conquering the earth with their heat-rays and other super-weapons when they succumb to Terran bacteria.
A Ciribian heat ray…They won’t use it unless they're attacked.
H. G. Wells, 'War of the Worlds'
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