bay meaning

[ bei ] Pronunciation:   "bay" in a sentence
Noun: bay  bey
  1. An indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf
    - embayment 
  2. The sound of a hound on the scent 
  3. Small Mediterranean evergreen tree with small blackish berries and glossy aromatic leaves used for flavouring in cooking; also used by ancient Greeks to crown victors
    - true laurel, bay laurel, bay tree, Laurus nobilis 
  4. A compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital
    "they put him in the sick bay" 
  5. A compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose
    "he opened the bomb bay" 
  6. A small recess opening off a larger room
    - alcove 
  7. A horse of a moderate reddish-brown colour
Verb: bay  bey
  1. Utter in deep prolonged tones 
  2. Bark with prolonged noises, of dogs
    - quest
Adjective: bay  bey
  1. (used of animals especially a horse) of a moderate reddish-brown colour

Sounds like: bey

Derived forms: bayed, baying, bays

See also: colored [US], colorful [US], coloured [Brit, Cdn], colourful [Brit, Cdn]

Type of: bark, body of water, compartment, cry, Equus caballus, horse, laurel, mouth, niche, recess, speak, talk, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize, water, woof

Part of: aircraft, genus Laurus, Laurus, sea, ship

Encyclopedia: Bay, Arkansas Bay, AR Bay Bay, Somalia Bay, Laguna Bay, Haute-Saône


Within a structure, a regularly repeated spatial element defined by beams or ribs and their supports.


A protruded structure with a bay window.


The free or light space between sash bars.


In landscape architecture, a recess or alcove formed by plants in a design.


In plastering, the distance between screeds employed for working the floating of plaster.

bay of an arcade

One of several sections of a directional antenna array.

n. A well-marked roughly semicircular indentation on a coastline. What does or does not constitute a bay can be of relevance in determining a state's control of its coastal waters. The test is a geographical one, taking into account relative dimensions and configuration. The following three considerations have been taken into account when making this determination:
(1) the depth of the indentation relative to the width of its mouth;
(2) the economic and strategic importance of the indentation to the coastal state; and
(3) the seclusion of the indentation from the highway of nations on the open sea. See also TERRITORIAL WATERS.

<hardware> (As in an aeroplane "cargo bay") A space in a cabinet into which a device of a certain size can be physically mounted and connected to power and data.

Common examples are a "drive bay" into which a disk drive (usually either 3.5 inch or 5.25 inch) can be inserted or the space in a docking station where you insert a notebook computer or laptop computer to work as a desktop computer or to charge their batteries, print or connect to the office network, etc.


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  1. by early june, the president was at bay.
  2. sunlight shimmers on the waters of the bay.
  3. i'd rather see edgar at bay than you.
  4. they boated us across the bay.
  5. the ships in the bay present a beautiful sight ...

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