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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a body of water forming an indentation of the shoreline, larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  2. a recess of land, partly surrounded by hills.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  3. an arm of a prairie or swamp, extending into woods.

    Category: Geography (terms)

Origin of bay:

1350–1400; ME baye < MF baie < ML, LL bāia, perh. by back formation from L Bāiae name of a spa on the Bay of Naples


  1. any of a number of similar major vertical divisions of a large interior, wall, etc., defined by columns, vaulting, or the like. a recess in a wall, usu. containing a window.

    Category: Architecture

    Ref: bay window (def. 1). 1

  2. any portion of an airplane set off by two successive bulkheads or other bracing members. a compartment in an aircraft:

    a cargo bay.

    Category: Aeronautics

  3. a compartment in a barn for storing hay.

  4. Also called drive bay. an open compartment in the console housing a computer's CPU in which a disk drive, tape drive, etc., may be installed.

    Category: Computers

  5. Category: Nautical, Navy

    Ref: sick bay.

Origin of bay:

1275–1325; ME < MF baee an opening in a wall, der. of baer to gape

baybeɪ(n.; v.)bayed, bay•ing.

  1. (n.)a deep, prolonged howl, as of a hound on the scent.

  2. the position of an animal that is forced to face and resist pursuers, or of a person forced to face a foe or difficulty:

    Hounds held the stag at bay.

  3. the position of the pursuers or foe thus kept off:

    The bear kept the hunters at bay.

  4. (v.i.)to howl, esp. with a deep, prolonged sound:

    a hound baying at the moon.

  5. (v.t.)to assail with deep, prolonged howling.

  6. to express by howling.

  7. to bring to or to hold at bay.

Origin of bay:

1250–1300; ME, aph. var. of abay < AF; dial. OF abai barking, der. of abaier to bark, of imit. orig.


  1. Category: Plants

    Ref: laurel (def. 1). 1 1

  2. Category: Plants

    Ref: Also called bayberry. 3

  3. any of various laurellike trees or shrubs.

    Category: Plants

  4. an honorary garland or crown bestowed for military victory, literary excellence, etc.

  5. bays, fame; renown.

Origin of bay:

1350–1400; ME bai(e), OE beg- < L bāca, bacca berry


  1. a horse having a reddish-brown body and black mane, tail, and lower legs.

    Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses, Zoology

  2. reddish brown.

  3. (adj.)(esp. of a horse) reddish-brown.

    Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses, Zoology

Origin of bay:

1300–50; ME < MF bai < L badius; cf. OIr buide yellow

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bay, embayment(noun)

    an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf

  2. bay(noun)

    the sound of a hound on the scent

  3. true laurel, bay, bay laurel, bay tree, Laurus nobilis(noun)

    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

  4. bay(noun)

    a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital

    "they put him in the sick bay"

  5. bay(noun)

    a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose

    "he opened the bomb bay"

  6. alcove, bay(noun)

    a small recess opening off a larger room

  7. bay(adj)

    a horse of a moderate reddish-brown color

  8. bay(verb)

    (used of animals especially a horse) of a moderate reddish-brown color

  9. bay(verb)

    utter in deep prolonged tones

  10. bay, quest(verb)

    bark with prolonged noises, of dogs

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bay(noun)ɪ

    an area of coast that forms a deep curve

    the Bay of Bengal; boats taking shelter in the bay

  2. bayɪ

    to prevent sth unwanted from beginning or affecting you

    Drugs can help keep the disease at bay.


  1. bay(Noun)

    A horse of this color.

  2. bay(Adjective)

    Of a reddish-brown colour (especially of horses).

  3. Bay(ProperNoun)

    A region of Somalia.

  4. Bay(ProperNoun)

    The San Francisco Bay Area

  5. Bay(ProperNoun)

    San Francisco Bay.

  6. Origin: From baye, baie, from beg, as in begbeam, conflated with baie, from baca.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bay(adj)

    reddish brown; of the color of a chestnut; -- applied to the color of horses

  2. Bay(noun)

    an inlet of the sea, usually smaller than a gulf, but of the same general character

  3. Bay(noun)

    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

  4. Bay(noun)

    a recess or indentation shaped like a bay

  5. Bay(noun)

    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

  6. Bay(noun)

    a compartment in a barn, for depositing hay, or grain in the stalks

  7. Bay(noun)

    a kind of mahogany obtained from Campeachy Bay

  8. Bay(noun)

    a berry, particularly of the laurel

  9. Bay(noun)

    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

  10. Bay(noun)

    a tract covered with bay trees

  11. Bay(verb)

    to bark, as a dog with a deep voice does, at his game

  12. Bay(verb)

    to bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive to bay; as, to bay the bear

  13. Bay(verb)

    deep-toned, prolonged barking

  14. Bay(verb)

    a state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible

  15. Bay(verb)

    to bathe

  16. Bay(noun)

    a bank or dam to keep back water

  17. Bay(verb)

    to dam, as water; -- with up or back


  1. Bay

    Bay is a hair coat color of horses, characterized by a reddish brown body color with a black mane, tail, ear edges, and lower legs. Bay is one of the most common coat colors in many horse breeds. The black areas of a bay horse's hair coat are called "black points", and without them, a horse cannot be a bay. Black points may sometimes be covered by white markings, however such markings do not alter a horse's classification as "bay". Bay horses have dark skin, except under white markings, where the skin is pink. Bay is genetically a base color and the addition of other genes creates many additional coat colors. While the basic concepts behind bay coloring are fairly simple, the genes themselves and the mechanisms that cause shade variations within the bay family are quite complex and, at times, disputed.

British National Corpus

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  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BAY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4566

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BAY' in Nouns Frequency: #1194

Translations for BAY

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(also bay tree ) the laurel tree, the leaves of which are used for seasoning and in victory wreaths.

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