Definitions of bay

  1. a small recess opening off a larger room
  2. a horse of a moderate reddish- brown color
  3. a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose; " he opened the bomb bay"
  4. a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital; " they put him in the sick bay"
  5. the sound of a hound on the scent
  6. an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf
  7. 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
  8. ( used of animals especially a horse) of a moderate reddish- brown color
  9. bark with prolonged noises, of dogs
  10. the bark of a dog
  11. An inlet of the sea, usually smaller than a gulf, but of the same general character.
  12. 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.
  13. A recess or indentation shaped like a bay.
  14. A compartment in a barn, for depositing hay, or grain in the stalks.
  15. A kind of mahogany obtained from Campeachy Bay.
  16. A berry, particularly of the laurel.
  17. 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.
  18. A tract covered with bay trees.
  19. To bark, as a dog with a deep voice does, at his game.
  20. To bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive to bay; as, to bay the bear.
  21. Deep- toned, prolonged barking.
  22. A state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible.
  23. To bathe.
  24. A bank or dam to keep back water.
  25. Reddish brown; of the color of a chestnut; - applied to the color of horses.
  26. 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..
  27. To dam, as water; - with up or back.
  28. A curve or inlet in the shore of a sea or lake; the body of water between two capes or headlands; a recess or opening in walls; a place for storing coal; the fore part of a ship between decks; the laurel- tree, noble laurel, or sweet- bay; an honorary garland or crown, composed of woven laurel leaves, given as a prize to conquerors and successful poets; the deep toned, prolonged bark of a dog; state or position of anyone obliged to face an enemy or other pursuer when no escape is possible; as, to stand at bay; a horse of a red or reddish color approaching to chestnut.
  29. To bark with a deep sound, as hounds, in the chase.
  30. To bark at; to pursue with barking.
  31. Red or reddish approaching to chestnut; applied to horses.
  32. Reddish- brown inclining to chestnut.
  33. The laurel- tree:- pl. an honorary garland or crown of victory, orig. of laurel: literary excellence.
  34. An inlet of the sea, an inward bend of the shore; also, in the U. S., applied to a tract of low swampy land covered with bay- trees.
  35. To bark, as a dog at his game.
  36. To bark at: to follow with barking.
  37. An arm of the sea; gulf; the European laurel- tree.
  38. Dark reddish brown.
  39. To cry as a dog at chase.
  40. To bark at; drive; bark hoarsely.
  41. Red- brown; said of horses.
  42. A body of water partly enclosed by land; an arm of the sea.
  43. Any recess.
  44. A coarse mahogany. Baywood.
  45. The laurel- tree. Baytree.
  46. A laurel- wreath; poetic renown.
  47. A bay horse.
  48. A deep bark, as of dogs in hunting.
  49. The situation of a hunted creature compelled to turn on its pursuers.
  50. A large space in a barn for hay.
  51. A compartment or division between piers or columns.
  52. Inclining to a chestnut colour, as a horse.
  53. A recess of the sea, caused by a bend inward of the land; a roadstead; a pond formed by a dam, for the purpose of driving mill- wheels; that part on each side between decks which lies between the bitts; a recess or opening in walls.
  54. The laurel- tree. See Bays.
  55. To bark at; to follow with barking; so to chase as to bring to bay. At bay, the state of being compelled to turn upon pursuers from an inability to escape. To keep at bay, to ward off an attack, or to keep an enemy from closing in; also, to watch, as, to keep a man at bay.
  56. Brown or reddish; inclining to a chestnut colour.
  57. An arm of the sea bending into the land; state of being hemmed in.
  58. The bark of a dog when his prey is brought to a stand : at bay, at a stand, and turned to keep the enemy in check; a stag is at bay when he turns and faces his pursuers.
  59. The laurel- tree, which bears red berries.

Usage examples for bay

  1. The result of our interview was, that I determined to send all the party back to Fowler's Bay, except one white man and old Jimmy, also all the horses except three, and to start with this small party and the camels to the eastward on the following day. – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles
  2. Out in the middle of the bay there, where the water's deep, I dunno as ever I see a wave that would be more than say fifteen foot high. – Menhardoc by George Manville Fenn
  3. Washington looked for a chance to assault the town by crossing on the ice, but for a long time the Back Bay did not freeze, and when at last it did, he had neither men nor powder. – The Siege of Boston by Allen French
  4. I mean that I think we had better go out of the bay by the main channel. – Within The Enemy's Lines SERIES: The Blue and the Gray--Afloat by Oliver Optic
  5. " The faithful fellow has gone to Walfish Bay with Senhor Silva," said Stanley. – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  6. Denise sat still, silent and at bay. – The Isle of Unrest by Henry Seton Merriman
  7. The little boy sat on top of a table in a big bay window looking out at the night. – Fairy Prince and Other Stories by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  8. Is this still San Francisco Bay? – Gold Seekers of '49 by Edwin L. Sabin
  9. Forward, replied the bay, but you must now tell me, master, how we are to hasten. – Roumanian Fairy Tales by Various Compiler: Mite Kremnitz
  10. Wonderful lovely there she sat, Singing the night away, All in the solitudinous sea Of that there lonely bay. – Peacock Pie, A Book of Rhymes by Walter de la Mare
  11. Leon rushed after her, followed by the dog, and once more she stood at bay, while the same efforts were repeated to set the dog at her. – The Living Link by James De Mille
  12. Why don't you run for Delagoa Bay, captain? – The Ruined Cities of Zululand by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
  13. We must get off at the night's tide, and drop down the bay. – Lost in the Fog by James De Mille
  14. The wreck was in a very different position from that in the bay. – The Thorogood Family by R.M. Ballantyne
  15. The dog again brought to bay the jar which belonged to Kaboniyan. – Traditions of the Tinguian: A Study in Philippine Folk-Lore by Fay-Cooper Cole
  16. I think, not until I have seen you about half way over the bay on your way home. – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  17. At the head of a small bay. – The South of France--East Half by Charles Bertram Black
  18. That last did for her;" but I hurried off for the other side of the bay, to see what became of the life- boat. – The Seaboard Parish, Complete by George MacDonald
  19. You are taking her into the bay! – Taken by the Enemy by Oliver Optic
  20. I suppose I believed her guilty- I could believe nothing else, but even so, I didn't want her brought to bay. – Vicky Van by Carolyn Wells