bay
Pronunciation Noun

bay (plural bays)

  1. (obsolete) A berry.
  2. ll mul, a tree or shrub of the family Lauraceae, having dark green leaves and berries.
  3. Bay leaf, the leaf of this or certain other species of tree or shrub, used as a herb.
  4. (in the plural, now rare) The leaves of this shrub, woven into a garland used to reward a champion or victor; hence, fame, victory.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.i:
      both you here with many a cursed oth, / Sweare she is yours, and stirre vp bloudie frayes, / To win a willow bough, whilest other weares the bayes.
    • The patriot's honours and the poet's bays.
  5. (US, dialect) A tract covered with bay trees.
  6. A kind of mahogany obtained from Campeche in Mexico.
Synonyms Translations Translations Noun

bay (plural bays)

  1. (geography) A body of water (especially the sea) more or less three-quarters surrounded by land.
  2. A bank or dam to keep back water.
Synonyms
  • (body of water) gulf
Translations Noun

bay (plural bays)

  1. An opening in a wall, especially between two columns.
  2. An internal recess; a compartment or area surrounded on three sides.
  3. The distance between two supports in a vault or building with a pitched roof.
  4. (nautical) Each of the spaces, port and starboard, between decks, forward of the bitts, in sailing warships.
  5. (rail transport) A bay platform.
  6. A bay window.
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: tramo, intercolúnio
  • Russian: пролёт
Noun

bay (plural bays)

  1. The excited howling of dogs when hunting or being attacked.
  2. (by extension) The climactic confrontation between hunting-dogs and their prey.
  3. (figuratively) A state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible.
    • Embolden'd by despair, he stood at bay.
    • The most terrible evils are just kept at bay by incessant efforts.
Verb

bay (bays, present participle baying; past and past participle bayed)

  1. (intransitive) To howl.
    • The hounds at nearer distance hoarsely bayed.
  2. (transitive) To bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive to bay.
    to bay the bear
  3. (transitive) To pursue noisily, like a pack of hounds.
Translations Adjective

bay

  1. Of a reddish-brown colour (especially of horses).
Translations Noun

bay

  1. A brown colour/color of the coat of some horses.
     
  2. A horse of this color.
    • 1877, George Nevile, Horses and Riding (page 105)
      […] browns are the soberest, bays are the worst tempered, and chestnuts are the most foolish.
Translations Translations
Bay
Proper noun
  1. A region in Somalia.
Proper noun
  1. (informal) The San Francisco Bay Area metropolitan area in California
  2. (informal) San Francisco Bay.
Translations
  • Spanish: La Bahía



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