Definitions for: Bay


[n] a horse of a moderate reddish-brown color
[n] a small recess opening off a larger room
[n] a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose; "he opened the bomb bay"
[n] a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital; "they put him in the sick bay"
[n] the sound of a hound on the scent
[n] an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf
[n] 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
[adj] (used of animals especially a horse) of a moderate reddish-brown color
[v] bark with prolonged noises, of dogs
[v] utter in deep prolonged tones



Webster (1913) Definition: Bay, a. [F. bai, fr. L. badius brown, chestnutcolored; --
used only of horses.]
Reddish brown; of the color of a chestnut; -- applied to the
color of horses.

Bay cat (Zo["o]l.), a wild cat of Africa and the East
Indies (Felis aurata).

Bay lynx (Zo["o]l.), the common American lynx ({Felis, or
Lynx, rufa}).


Bay, n. [F. baie, fr. LL. baia. Of uncertain origin: cf.
Ir. & Gael. badh or bagh bay harbor, creek; Bisc. baia,
baiya, harbor, and F. bayer to gape, open the mouth.]
1. (Geol.) An inlet of the sea, usually smaller than a gulf,
but of the same general character.

Note: The name is not used with much precision, and is often
applied to large tracts of water, around which the land
forms a curve; as, Hudson's Bay. The name is not
restricted to tracts of water with a narrow entrance,
but is used foe any recess or inlet between capes or
headlands; as, the Bay of Biscay.

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. --Totten.


Bay, n. [F. baie a berry, the fruit of the laurel and
other trees, fr. L. baca, bacca, a small round fruit, a
berry, akin to Lith. bapka laurel berry.]
1. A berry, particularly of the laurel. [Obs.]

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.
--Trumbull.

3. A tract covered with bay trees. [Local, U. S.]

Bay leaf, the leaf of the bay tree (Laurus nobilis). It
has a fragrant odor and an aromatic taste.


Bay, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bayed (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Baying.] [ OE. bayen, abayen, OF. abaier, F. aboyer, to
bark; of uncertain origin.]
To bark, as a dog with a deep voice does, at his game.

The hounds at nearer distance hoarsely bayed. --Dryden.


Bay, v. t.
To bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive
to bay; as, to bay the bear. --Shak.


Bay, n. [See Bay, v. i.]
1. Deep-toned, prolonged barking. ``The bay of curs.''
--Cowper.

2. [OE. bay, abay, OF. abai, F. aboi barking, pl. abois,
prop. the extremity to which the stag is reduced when
surrounded by the dogs, barking (aboyant); aux abois at
bay.] 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. --Dryden.

The most terrible evils are just kept at bay by
incessant efforts. --I. Taylor


Bay, v. t. [Cf. OE. b[ae]wen to bathe, and G. b["a]hen to
foment.]
To bathe. [Obs.] --Spenser.


Bay, n.
A bank or dam to keep back water.


Bay, v. t.
To dam, as water; -- with up or back.

Synonyms: alcove, bay laurel, bay tree, colored, colorful, coloured, in color(p), Laurus nobilis, quest, true laurel

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