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bay - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'bay' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Bay [ a.]
- Reddish brown; of the color of a chestnut; -- applied to the color of horses.
2 . Bay [ n.]
- An inlet of the sea, usually smaller than a gulf, but of the same general character.
- 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.
- A recess or indentation shaped like a bay.
- 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.
- A compartment in a barn, for depositing hay, or grain in the stalks.
- A kind of mahogany obtained from Campeachy Bay.
- A berry, particularly of the laurel.
- 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.
- A tract covered with bay trees.
- A bank or dam to keep back water.
3 . Bay [ v. i.]
- To bark, as a dog with a deep voice does, at his game.
- Deep-toned, prolonged barking.
- A state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible.
4 . Bay [ v. t.]
- To bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive to bay; as, to bay the bear.
- To bathe.
- To dam, as water; -- with up or back.

Meaning of 'bay' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . bay [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose
Example in sentence:
  • he opened the bomb bay
Meaning (2):
- a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital
Example in sentence:
  • they put him in the sick bay