Definitions of bay

  1. To bark at; drive; bark hoarsely.
  2. To bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive to bay; as, to bay the bear.
  3. To dam, as water; - with up or back.
  4. To bark at; to pursue with barking.
  5. To bark at: to follow with barking.
  6. To bark, as a dog with a deep voice does, at his game.
  7. Deep- toned, prolonged barking.
  8. A state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible.
  9. To bark with a deep sound, as hounds, in the chase.
  10. To bark, as a dog at his game.
  11. To cry as a dog at chase.
  12. 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.
  13. a horse of a moderate reddish- brown color
  14. a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose; " he opened the bomb bay"
  15. a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital; " they put him in the sick bay"
  16. the sound of a hound on the scent
  17. an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf
  18. 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
  19. An inlet of the sea, usually smaller than a gulf, but of the same general character.
  20. 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.
  21. A recess or indentation shaped like a bay.
  22. A compartment in a barn, for depositing hay, or grain in the stalks.
  23. A kind of mahogany obtained from Campeachy Bay.
  24. A berry, particularly of the laurel.
  25. 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.
  26. A tract covered with bay trees.
  27. A bank or dam to keep back water.
  28. 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..
  29. 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.
  30. The laurel- tree:- pl. an honorary garland or crown of victory, orig. of laurel: literary excellence.
  31. 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.
  32. An arm of the sea; gulf; the European laurel- tree.
  33. Dark reddish brown.
  34. A body of water partly enclosed by land; an arm of the sea.
  35. Any recess.
  36. A coarse mahogany. Baywood.
  37. The laurel- tree. Baytree.
  38. A laurel- wreath; poetic renown.
  39. A deep bark, as of dogs in hunting.
  40. The situation of a hunted creature compelled to turn on its pursuers.
  41. A large space in a barn for hay.
  42. A compartment or division between piers or columns.
  43. 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.
  44. The laurel- tree. See Bays.
  45. An arm of the sea bending into the land; state of being hemmed in.
  46. 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.
  47. The laurel- tree, which bears red berries.
  48. ( used of animals especially a horse) of a moderate reddish- brown color
  49. Reddish brown; of the color of a chestnut; - applied to the color of horses.
  50. Red or reddish approaching to chestnut; applied to horses.
  51. Reddish- brown inclining to chestnut.
  52. Red- brown; said of horses.
  53. Inclining to a chestnut colour, as a horse.
  54. Brown or reddish; inclining to a chestnut colour.