Definition of Bay

Pronunciation: bād
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.
- Totten.
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.
- Trumbull.
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.
- Dryden.
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.
- Dryden.
The most terrible evils are just kept at bay by incessant efforts.
- I. Taylor
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.

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