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at bay

Definition of at bay

  1. :  in the position of being unable to move closer while attacking or trying to approach someone —used with keep or hold <The soldiers kept the attackers at bay.> —often used figuratively <The doctors have been able to keep her illness at bay for several months.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  reddish brown

  1. :  a bay-colored animal

    :  a horse with a bay-colored body and black mane, tail, and points — compare chestnut 4, 1sorrel 1

    :  a reddish brown

  1. :  a principal compartment of the walls, roof, or other part of a building or of the whole building

    :  a main division of a structure

    :  any of various compartments or sections used for a special purpose (as in an airplane, spacecraft, or service station)

  1. :  to bark with prolonged tones

    :  to cry out :  shout

    :  to bark at

  1. :  a baying of dogs

    :  the position of one unable to retreat and forced to face danger

    :  the position of one checked

  1. :  an inlet of the sea or other body of water usually smaller than a gulf

    :  a small body of water set off from the main body

    :  any of various terrestrial formations resembling a bay of the sea

  1. :  laurel

    :  any of several shrubs or trees (as the red bay or sweet bay) resembling the laurel — compare bay rum

    :  a garland or crown especially of laurel given as a prize for victory or excellence

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a very small amount

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