a body of water forming an indentation of the shoreline, larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf.
South Atlantic States. an arm of a swamp.
a recess of land, partly surrounded by hills.
an arm of a prairie or swamp, extending into woods and partly surrounded by them.
Other definitions for bay (2 of 5)
any of a number of similar major vertical divisions of a large interior, wall, etc.: The nave is divided into six bays.
a division of a window between a mullion and an adjoining mullion or jamb.
any portion of an airplane set off by two successive bulkheads or other bracing members.
a compartment in an aircraft: a bomb bay;an engine bay.
a compartment, as in a barn for storing hay.
Also called drive bay .Computers. an open compartment in the console housing a computer's CPU in which a disk drive, tape drive, etc., may be installed.
the deck space between the anchor windlass and the stem of a vessel.
Other definitions for bay (3 of 5)
a deep, prolonged howl, as of a hound on the scent.
the position or stand of an animal or fugitive that is forced to turn and resist pursuers because it is no longer possible to flee (usually preceded by at or to): a stag at bay; to bring an escaped convict to bay.
the situation of a person or thing that is forced actively to oppose or to succumb to some adverse condition (usually preceded by at or to).
the situation of being actively opposed by an animal, person, etc., so as to be powerless to act fully (often preceded by at).
to howl, especially with a deep, prolonged sound, as a hound on the scent.
to assail with deep, prolonged howling: a troubled hound baying the moon.
to bring to or to hold at bay: A dog bays its quarry.
Other definitions for bay (4 of 5)
Other definitions for bay (5 of 5)
a horse or other animal of reddish-brown color.
(of horses or other animals) having a reddish-brown body.
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How to use bay in a sentence
Even as IT firms bring back between 10% and 30% of their workforce, it might be a while before their campuses go back to full capacity with buzzing cafeterias and noisy bays.What Indian IT leaders miss the most while working from home | Ananya Bhattacharya | July 17, 2020 | Quartz
When performing medical exams, astronauts won’t have the starship Enterprise’s sick bay at their disposal.What will astronauts need to survive the dangerous journey to Mars? | Maria Temming | July 15, 2020 | Science News
These cells normally keep clots at bay so that blood can flow smoothly.Preventing dangerous blood clots from COVID-19 is proving tricky | Aimee Cunningham | June 23, 2020 | Science News
The mucus marvels rise out of the heads of four species of spineless, roughly tadpole-shaped giant larvaceans living in the twilight depths of the bay.Larvaceans’ underwater ‘snot palaces’ boast elaborate plumbing | Susan Milius | June 15, 2020 | Science News
Kelp forests were on average 20 times larger in areas where sea otters have lived for decades on Vancouver Island, compared with bays where the otters were absent, Watson and her colleagues found.Bringing sea otters back to the Pacific coast pays off, but not for everyone | Jonathan Lambert | June 11, 2020 | Science News
As part of the MassEquality coalition, Marc Solomon, a former Senate aide, was working to get bay State legislators to vote no.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality | E.J. Graff | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Tampa bay Times got their hands on a full copy of the letter the retired judge sent to Winston.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star | Robert Silverman | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rising up from scooping bay, the steep topography—hemmed by hills of evergreens—promises panoramas at practically every turn.
Perhaps the guards at the Guantanamo bay detention facilities will finally be allowed to smoke cubans, too.
The proceedings expected this week in Guantanamo bay had been canceled.
First a shower of shells dropping all along the lower ridges and out over the surface of the bay.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
These have canted bay windows below them, and their pediments are surmounted by figures representing Mercury and Athæne.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Three men were sentenced to grow potatoes at Botany bay the rest of their lives.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
There are two principal bays of vast size, one called the gulf of St. Lawrence, the other French bay.
But this port (to obviate misunderstanding) is not on the Ocean lying eastward, but on that gulf which I have called French bay.
British Dictionary definitions for bay (1 of 5)
a wide semicircular indentation of a shoreline, esp between two headlands or peninsulas
an extension of lowland into hills that partly surround it
US an extension of prairie into woodland
British Dictionary definitions for bay (2 of 5)
an alcove or recess in a wall
any partly enclosed compartment, as one in which hay is stored in a barn
See bay window
an area off a road in which vehicles may park or unload, esp one adjacent to a shop, factory, etc
a compartment in an aircraft, esp one used for a specified purpose: the bomb bay
nautical a compartment in the forward part of a ship between decks, often used as the ship's hospital
British a tracked recess in the platform of a railway station, esp one forming the terminus of a branch line
British Dictionary definitions for bay (3 of 5)
a deep howl or growl, esp of a hound on the scent
(of a person or animal) forced to turn and face attackers: the dogs held the deer at bay
at a distance: to keep a disease at bay
bring to bay to force into a position from which retreat is impossible
(intr) to howl (at) in deep prolonged tones
(tr) to utter in a loud prolonged tone
(tr) to drive to or hold at bay
British Dictionary definitions for bay (4 of 5)
Also called: bay laurel, sweet bay a small evergreen Mediterranean laurel, Laurus nobilis, with glossy aromatic leaves, used for flavouring in cooking, and small blackish berries: See laurel (def. 1)
any of various other trees with strongly aromatic leaves used in cooking, esp a member of the genera Myrica or Pimenta
British Dictionary definitions for bay (5 of 5)
a moderate reddish-brown colour
(as adjective): a bay horse
an animal of this colour, esp a horse
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Scientific definitions for bay
A body of water partially enclosed by land but having a wide outlet to the sea. A bay is usually smaller than a gulf.
A space in the cabinet of a personal computer where a storage device, such as a disk drive or CD-ROM drive, can be installed.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with bay
see at bay.
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