bay


1bay

adjective \ˈbā\

Definition of BAY

:  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

2bay

noun

Definition of BAY

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
:  a reddish brown

First Known Use of BAY

1535

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

3bay

noun

Definition of BAY

1
:  a principal compartment of the walls, roof, or other part of a building or of the whole building
2
:  a main division of a structure
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
:  bay window 1
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

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

4bay

verb

: to bark with long sounds

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

Full Definition of BAY

intransitive verb
1
:  to bark with prolonged tones <dogs baying at the moon>
2
:  to cry out :  shout
transitive verb
1
:  to bark at
2
:  to bring to bay
3
:  to pursue with barking
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

5bay

noun

Definition of BAY

1
:  a baying of dogs
2
:  the position of one unable to retreat and forced to face danger <brought his quarry to bay>
3
:  the position of one checked <police kept the rioters at bay>

First Known Use of BAY

14th century

6bay

noun, often attributive

Definition of BAY

1
:  an inlet of the sea or other body of water usually smaller than a gulf
2
:  a small body of water set off from the main body
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

7bay

noun

Definition of BAY

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
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

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

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