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.
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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
In recent weeks, college football programs have struggled to keep the virus at bay.Maryland, with 15 more players and its coach positive for coronavirus, cancels Michigan State game | Emily Giambalvo | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
Many email providers, including Google, have heightened their spam protections by using AI to keep spam at bay.Email marketing in 2020: Four key things that made the difference | Toby Nwazor | November 19, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Doctors believe antiviral treatments could help keep the worst effects of the virus at bay for many patients, allowing hospitals to focus on those with the most severe symptoms.
Menlo Security secures $40 million Series C to keep malware at bayMenlo Security announces $100M Series E on $800M valuation | Ron Miller | November 12, 2020 | TechCrunch
It was she who ad-libbed all those “oh bay-bay bay-bays,” and she who used her dancer’s intuition to help select the beats for each track.Why Britney Spears’s fans are convinced she’s being held captive | Constance Grady | November 11, 2020 | Vox
Police say the jails are not secure enough to protect him from the militants baying for his blood.
With that said, however, Sandusky has yet to be put on trial, yet the media are baying for his blood—sans a conviction.In Rush to Punish Sandusky Authorities Are Covering Their Own Failures | Mansfield Frazier | December 8, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Looking back, Sukhodrev believed his interpretation of the word “baying” as “barking” exacerbated the exchange.
But should the team go home with anything less than the World Cup trophy, the press will be baying for his head.
England 1-0 Slovenia England scored early to appease the baying headline writers, but never looked entirely fluid.
Presently he heard the deep baying of the hound, and soon the enemy appeared, under a bright moon.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
A sudden shout made her start like a fawn when the hounds are baying; then a rush of hoofs, an outcry.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
The baying of the wolves sounded nearer and nearer, as though they were closing round on us from every side.Dracula | Bram Stoker
The dogs charged down the hill and stood baying the disturber of the flock with savage alarm, in which there was a note of fear.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek | George W. Ogden
Afar on the side of a mountain a wolf was howling like a dog baying to the moon.Frank Merriwell's Bravery | Burt L. Standish
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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