What does bay mean?

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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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bay

    bā, adj. reddish brown inclining to chestnut.—n. elliptical for 'bay-horse.'—n. Bayard (bā′ard), a bay-horse: a name for any horse generally, from 'Bayard,' the famous bay-coloured magic horse given to Renaud by Charlemagne: a man recklessly blind to danger: a fellow bold in his ignorance: a type of the knight, from Bayard (1476-1524), 'the knight without fear and without reproach.' [Fr. bai—L. badius, chestnut-coloured.]

  2. Bay

    bā, n. an inlet of the sea with a wider opening than a gulf: an inward bend of the shore. [Fr. baie—Low L. baia, a harbour.]

  3. Bay

    bā, n. the laurel-tree: (pl.) an honorary garland or crown of victory, originally of laurel: literary renown.—ns. Bay′berry; Bay′-rum, an aromatic stimulant used for the skin and hair, and prepared by distilling the leaves of the bay-berry (Pimenta acris) with rum, or otherwise mixing the volatile oil of the leaves with alcohol. [O. Fr. baie, a berry—L. baca.]

  4. Bay

    bā, n. barking, baying (esp. of a dog when in pursuit): the combined cry of hounds in conflict with a hunted animal: used often of the last stand of a hunted animal when it faces the hounds at close quarters.—v.i. to bark (esp. of large dogs).—v.t. to bark at: to utter by baying: to follow with barking: to bring to bay.—To hold, keep at bay, said of the hunted animal; To stand, be, at bay, at close quarters. [These senses show a confusion of two distinct words, according to Murray: (1) to hold at bay = O. Fr. tenir a bay = It. tenere a bada, bay, bada, denoting the suspense indicated by the open mouth; (2) in the phrase 'to stand at bay,' the word points to O. Fr. abai, barking, bayer, to bark.]

  5. Bay

    Baye, bā, v.t. (Spens.) to bathe.

Editors Contribution

  1. bay

    A defined space allocated for the parking of a vehicle for a specific purpose.

    There are parking bays in the shopping center and cargo bays in the airport for the unloading of cargo and truck bays in the logistics center.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on December 18, 2016  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bay' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2958

  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bay in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of bay in a Sentence

  1. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi:

    Republicans continue to bay at the moon.

  2. Al Andalus:

    They were publicly executed in a field in Bula Fulay village of Bay region.

  3. Vince Lombardi:

    The Green Bay Packers never lost a football game. They just ran out of time.

  4. Tracy Williams:

    Green Bay Packers! when I was young, I didn't want to even be near an old person.

  5. Ammon Bundy:

    It is your duty to hold federal agencies at bay, protecting the people in your state.

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