- 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 small bay on the English coast.
- 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 ()
- 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 bay2.
- 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 baee, an opening, from baer, to gape, from Vulgar Latin *badāre.
- 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; akin to 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, cornering a hunted animal, from Old French, from abaiier, to bark, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *abbaiāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Vulgar Latin *badāre, to gape, yawn. V., Middle English baien, to bark, from abaien, from Old French abaiier.
- 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.