Origin of embay

First recorded in 1575–85; em-1 + bay1
Related formsun·em·bayed, adjective
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Historical Examples of embay

  • An inspection of the barriers shows that they were incompetent to embay the ice: they are scarred and fluted from bottom to top.

British Dictionary definitions for embay


verb (tr; usually passive)
  1. to form into a bay
  2. to enclose in or as if in a bay
  3. (esp of the wind) to force (a ship, esp a sailing ship) into a bay
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