Bay

bay [bay bays bayed baying] noun, verb, adjective BrE [beɪ]
NAmE [beɪ]
noun
1. countable a part of the sea, or of a large lake, partly surrounded by a wide curve of the land
the Bay of Bengal
Hudson Bay
a magnificent view across the bay
2. countable a marked section of ground either inside or outside a building, for example for a vehicle to park in, for storing things, etc
a parking/loading bay
Put the equipment in No 3 bay.
see also sickbay
3. countable a curved area of a room or building that sticks out from the rest of the building
4. countable a horse of a dark brown colour
He was riding a big bay.
5. countable a deep noise, especially the noise made by dogs when hunting
6. (also ˈsweet bay) countable = bay tree
7. uncountable a herb used to give flavour to food, made of the leaves of the bay tree
Word Origin:
n. sense 1 late Middle English Old French baie Old Spanish bahia
n. senses 2 to 3 late Middle English Old French baie baer ‘to gape’ medieval Latin batare n. sense 4 and adj. Middle English Old French bai Latin badius v. Middle English Old French (a)bai (a)baiier ‘to bark’
Example Bank:
apartments overlooking the bay
holiday flats overlooking the bay
Idioms: at bay hold somebody at bay
verb
1. intransitive (of a dog or wolf) to make a long deep sound, especially while hunting
Syn: howl
a pack of baying hounds
2. intransitive ~ (for sth) (usually used in the progressive tenses) to demand sth in a loud and angry way
The referee's decision left the crowd baying for blood (= threatening violence towards him).
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
n. sense 1 late Middle English Old French baie Old Spanish bahia
n. senses 2 to 3 late Middle English Old French baie baer ‘to gape’ medieval Latin batare n. sense 4 and adj. Middle English Old French bai Latin badius v. Middle English Old French (a)bai (a)baiier ‘to bark’ adjective (of a horse)
dark brown in colour
a bay mare
Word Origin:
n. sense 1 late Middle English Old French baie Old Spanish bahia
n. senses 2 to 3 late Middle English Old French baie baer ‘to gape’ medieval Latin batare n. sense 4 and adj. Middle English Old French bai Latin badius v. Middle English Old French (a)bai (a)baiier ‘to bark’

WordNet Dictionary:
I
noun
1. an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf
Syn: embayment
2. the sound of a hound on the scent
3. small Mediterranean evergreen tree with small blackish berries and glossy aromatic leaves used for flavoring in cooking; also used by ancient Greeks to crown victors
Syn: true laurel, bay laurel, bay tree, Laurus nobilis
4. a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital
- they put him in the sick bay
5. a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose
- he opened the bomb bay
6. a small recess opening off a larger room
Syn: alcove
7. a horse of a moderate reddish-brown color
II
verb
1. utter in deep prolonged tones
2. bark with prolonged noises, of dogs
Syn: quest
III
adjective
(used of animals especially a horse) of a moderate reddish-brown color

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
a.1.Reddish brown; of the color of a chestnut; - applied to the color of horses.
Bay cat
(Zool.) a wild cat of Africa and the East Indies (Felis aurata).
Bay lynx
(Zool.) the common American lynx (Lynx lynx, formerly Felis rufa or Lynx rufa).
n.1.(Geog.) An inlet of the sea, usually smaller than a gulf, but of the same general character.
2.A small body of water set off from the main body; as a compartment containing water for a wheel; the portion of a canal just outside of the gates of a lock, etc.
3.A recess or indentation shaped like a bay.
4.A principal compartment of the walls, roof, or other part of a building, or of the whole building, as marked off by the buttresses, vaulting, mullions of a window, etc.; one of the main divisions of any structure, as the part of a bridge between two piers.
5.A compartment in a barn, for depositing hay, or grain in the stalks.
6.A kind of mahogany obtained from Campeachy Bay.
Sick bay
in vessels of war, that part of a deck appropriated to the use of the sick.
1.A berry, particularly of the laurel.
2.The laurel tree (Laurus nobilis). Hence, in the plural, an honorary garland or crown bestowed as a prize for victory or excellence, anciently made or consisting of branches of the laurel.
The patriot's honors and the poet's bays.
3.A tract covered with bay trees.
Bay leaf
the leaf of the bay tree (Laurus nobilis). It has a fragrant odor and an aromatic taste, and is used for flavoring in food.
v. i.1.To bark, as a dog with a deep voice does, at his game.
[imp. & p. p. Bayed (bād); p. pr. & vb. n. Baying.]
The hounds at nearer distance hoarsely bayed.
v. t.1.To bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive to bay; as, to bay the bear.
n.1.Deep-toned, prolonged barking.
2.A state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible.
Embolden'd by despair, he stood at bay.
The most terrible evils are just kept at bay by incessant efforts.
v. t.1.To bathe.
n.1.A bank or dam to keep back water.
v. t.1.To dam, as water; - with up or back.

Dictionary of Computing:
(hardware)bay - (As in an aeroplane "cargo bay") A space in acabinet into which a device of a certain size can bephysically mounted and connected to power and data.

Common examples are a "drive bay" into which a disk drive(usually either 3.5 inch or 5.25 inch) can be inserted or thespace in a docking station where you insert a notebook computer or laptop computer to work in desktop mode or tocharge their batteries, print, or connect to the officenetwork, etc.

Legal Dictionary:

BAY. Is an enclosure to keep in the water for the supply of a mill or other contrivance, so that the water may be able to, drive the wheels of such mill. Stat. 27 Eliz. c. 19.
     2. A large open water or harbor where ships may ride, is also called a bay; as, the Chesapeake Bay, the, Bay of New York.


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