A small bay on the English coast.
- The definition of a bay is a large body of water connected to an ocean or sea formed by an inlet of land.
The Chesapeake Bay surrounding Washington, D.C. and Baltimore is an example of a bay.
- Bay is defined as a long cry or howl.
An example of a bay is the noise a horse makes.
- Bay means a section of a house or window in architecture.
An example of a bay is a window seat section of a room.
- To bay means to make a loud, howling noise.
An example of bay is when a coyote howls at the moon.
- a part of a sea or lake that cuts into the shoreline; wide inlet: usually smaller than a gulf
- International Law a small gulf with an opening to the sea of less than 24 nautical miles and a strictly defined minimum area: used to determine territorial waters
- any level land area making an indentation, as into a woods, range of hills, etc.
Origin of bayMiddle English bai from Old French baie from Medieval Latin baia, probably from Iberian
- an opening or alcove marked off by pillars, columns, etc.
- a recess in a wall, as for a window
- bay window
- a part of a building projecting from the main part; wing
- a compartment or space; specif.,
- a bin in a barn, for storing hay or grain
- a compartment in an aircraft or spacecraft: bomb bay, cargo bay
- in a service station, the area for one car
- sick bay
Origin of bayMiddle English bai from Old French baée from baer, bayer, to gape, yawn from Vulgar Latin batare, to gape
Origin of bayMiddle English baien, abaien from Old French baiier, abaiier from Indo-European base an unverified form bai-, echoic of howling
- to bark at; howl at
- to chase with yelps and barks
- to bring to or hold at bay
- to utter in long, deep tones
- the sound of baying
- the situation of or as of a hunted animal forced to turn and fight
- with escape cut off; cornered
- unable to advance; held off: the bear kept the hunters at bay
bring to bay
- laurel (noun)
- a wreath of bay leaves, a classical token of honor given to poets and conquerors
- honor; fame
- any of various trees or shrubs of various families, as rosebay or bayberry
Origin of bayMiddle English bai from Old French baie from Classical Latin baca, berry
Origin of bayMiddle English bai from Old French baie from Classical Latin badius
- a horse or, sometimes, some other animal of this color
- reddish brown
- A body of water partially enclosed by land but with a wide mouth, affording access to the sea: the Bay of Biscay.
- An area of land, such as an arm of prairie partially enclosed by woodland, that resembles in shape or formation a partially enclosed body of water.
Origin of bayMiddle English from Old French baie perhaps from baer to open out, gape ; see bay 2.
- Architecture A part of a building marked off by vertical elements, such as columns or pilasters: an arcade divided into ten bays.
- Architecture a. A bay window.b. An opening or recess in a wall.
- A section or compartment, as in a service station, barn, or aircraft, that is set off for a specific purpose: a cargo bay; an engine bay.
- A sickbay.
- Computers A drive bay.
Origin of bayMiddle English from Old French baie from baer to open up, gape from Vulgar Latin batāre to yawn, gape from Late Latin bat onomatopoeic word imitative of a yawn
- A reddish brown.
- A reddish-brown animal, especially a horse having a black mane and tail.
Origin of bayMiddle English bai from Old French from Latin badius perhaps of Celtic origin Old Irish buide yellow
- A deep, prolonged bark, such as the sound made by hounds.
- The position of one cornered by pursuers and forced to turn and fight at close quarters: The hunters brought their quarry to bay.
- The position of having been checked or held at a distance: “He has seen the nuclear threat held at bay for 40 years” ( Earl W. Foell )
verbbayed, bay·ing, bays
- To pursue or challenge with barking: “I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon” ( Shakespeare )
- To express by barking or howling: a mob baying its fury.
- To bring to bay: “too big for the dogs which tried to bay it” ( William Faulkner )
Origin of bayMiddle English from abai the cornering of a hunted animal by barking dogs from Old French from abaier to bark Italian abbaiare and Occitan abaiar all ultimately of imitative origin Verb, from Middle English baien to bark from abaien from Old French abaier
- See laurel.
- Any of certain other trees or shrubs with aromatic foliage, such as the California laurel.
- A crown or wreath made especially of the leaves and branches of the laurel and given as a sign of honor or victory.
- often bays Honor; renown.
Origin of bayMiddle English from Old French baie berry from Latin bāca
- Laurus nobilis, a shrub of the family Lauraceae, having dark green leaves and berries.
- (in the plural, now rare) The leaves of this shrub, woven into a garland used to reward a champion or victor; hence, fame, victory.
- The leaf of this or certain other species of shrub, used as a herb.
- (US, dialect) A tract covered with bay trees.
- A kind of mahogany obtained from Campeche in Mexico.
From Middle English baye, baie, from Old English beġ (“berry”), as in beġbēam (“berry-tree”), conflated with Old French baie, from Latin bāca (“berry”).
From French baie, from Late Latin baia.
- An opening in a wall, especially between two columns.
- An internal recess; a compartment or area surrounded on three sides.
- The distance between two supports in a vault or building with a pitched roof.
- (nautical) Each of the spaces, port and starboard, between decks, forward of the bitts, in sailing warships.
- (rail transport) A bay platform.
- Shortened form of bay window.
From French baie, from Old French baé, masculine singular past participle of the verb baer, from Vulgar Latin *badō (“I am open”).
- The excited howling of dogs when hunting or being attacked.
- (by extension) The climactic confrontation between hunting-dogs and their prey.
- (figuratively) A state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible.
(third-person singular simple present bays, present participle baying, simple past and past participle bayed)
From Old French bay, combined with aphesized form of abay; verbal form Old French baier, abaier.
(comparative more bay, superlative most bay)
- Of a reddish-brown colour (especially of horses).
- A region of Somalia.
- (informal) The San Francisco Bay Area (metropolitan area in California)
- (informal) San Francisco Bay.