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bay

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adjective \ˈbā\

Definition of bay

  1. :  reddish brown <a bay mare>



Origin of bay

Middle English, from Anglo-French bai, from Latin badius; akin to Old Irish buide yellow


First Known Use: 14th century


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bay

noun

Definition of bay

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

  2. 2 :  a reddish brown



1535

First Known Use of bay

1535

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bay

noun

Definition of bay

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

  2. 2 :  a main division of a structure

  3. 3 :  any of various compartments or sections used for a special purpose (as in an airplane, spacecraft, or service station) <a bomb bay> <a cargo bay>

  4. 4 :  bay window 1

  5. 5 :  a support or housing for electronic equipment



Origin of bay

Middle English, from Anglo-French baee opening, from feminine of baé, past participle of baer to be wide open, gape, from Vulgar Latin *batare


First Known Use: 14th century

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bay

verb

Simple Definition of bay

  • : to bark with long sounds

  • : to shout or cry out in a loud and often angry way

Full Definition of bay

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bark with prolonged tones <dogs baying at the moon>

  3. 2 :  to cry out :  shout

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to bark at

  6. 2 :  to bring to bay

  7. 3 :  to pursue with barking

  8. 4 :  to utter in deep prolonged tones

Examples of bay

  1. <the mob was baying for revenge>

  2. <the lonesome beagle bayed whenever someone walked by>



Origin of bay

Middle English baien, abaien, from Anglo-French abaier, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 14th century


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bay

noun

Definition of bay

  1. 1 :  a baying of dogs

  2. 2 :  the position of one unable to retreat and forced to face danger <brought his quarry to bay>

  3. 3 :  the position of one checked <police kept the rioters at bay>



14th Century

First Known Use of bay

14th century


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bay

noun

Definition of bay

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

  2. 2 :  a small body of water set off from the main body

  3. 3 :  any of various terrestrial formations resembling a bay of the sea



Origin of bay

Middle English baye, from Anglo-French bai, perhaps from baer to be wide open


First Known Use: 14th century


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bay

noun

Definition of bay

  1. 1 a :  laurel 1 b :  any of several shrubs or trees (as the red bay or sweet bay) resembling the laurel — compare bay rum

  2. 2 a :  a garland or crown especially of laurel given as a prize for victory or excellence b :  honor, fame —usually used in plural



Origin of bay

Middle English, berry, laurel berry, from Anglo-French bai, from L. baca


First Known Use: 15th century

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BAY Defined for Kids

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bay

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noun \ˈbā\

Definition of bay

  1. 1 :  a reddish-brown horse with black mane, tail, and lower legs

  2. 2 :  a reddish brown




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bay

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verb

Definition of bay

bayedbay·ing

  1. :  to bark or bark at with long deep tones <We heard dogs baying at the moon.>




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bay

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noun

Definition of bay

  1. 1 :  a deep bark

  2. 2 :  the position of an animal or a person forced to face pursuers when it is impossible to escape <Hunters brought the wild boar to bay.>

  3. 3 :  the position of someone or something held off or kept back <He kept the hounds at bay.> <She held her fear at bay.>




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bay

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noun

Definition of bay

  1. :  a part of a large body of water extending into the land




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bay

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noun

Definition of bay

  1. :  the laurel or a related tree or shrub





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