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Definition of Bay


  1. Reddish brown; of the color of a chestnut; -- applied to the color of horses.
  2. An inlet of the sea, usually smaller than a gulf, but of the same general character.
  3. A small body of water set off from the main body; as a compartment containing water for a wheel; the portion of a canal just outside of the gates of a lock, etc.
  4. A recess or indentation shaped like a bay.
  5. A principal compartment of the walls, roof, or other part of a building, or of the whole building, as marked off by the buttresses, vaulting, mullions of a window, etc.; one of the main divisions of any structure, as the part of a bridge between two piers.
  6. A compartment in a barn, for depositing hay, or grain in the stalks.
  7. A kind of mahogany obtained from Campeachy Bay.
  8. A berry, particularly of the laurel.
  9. The laurel tree (Laurus nobilis). Hence, in the plural, an honorary garland or crown bestowed as a prize for victory or excellence, anciently made or consisting of branches of the laurel.
  10. A tract covered with bay trees.
  11. To bark, as a dog with a deep voice does, at his game.
  12. To bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive to bay; as, to bay the bear.
  13. Deep-toned, prolonged barking.
  14. A state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible.
  15. To bathe.
  16. A bank or dam to keep back water.
  17. To dam, as water; -- with up or back.

Bay Quotations

Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors. When I lived in Oakland, we would think nothing of driving to Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz one day and then driving to the foothills of the Sierras the next day.
Tom Hanks

Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn't do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.
Vince Lombardi

I did this class when I first moved to California. It was a 'Kids on Camera' class up in the Bay Area. That was good for just getting me excited in acting and everything. Then once I started working down L.A., I just stuck to my acting coach, and she helps me prepare with auditions and that sort of thing.
Bridgit Mendler

There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game and that is first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay and I never want to finish second again.
Vince Lombardi

Ten percent of the big fish still remain. There are still some blue whales. There are still some krill in Antarctica. There are a few oysters in Chesapeake Bay. Half the coral reefs are still in pretty good shape, a jeweled belt around the middle of the planet. There's still time, but not a lot, to turn things around.
Sylvia Earle
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Bay Translations

bay in Afrikaans is baai
bay in Danish is bugt
bay in Dutch is baai, inham, kreek
bay in German is Gestell, Erker, bellen, Bucht, Bucht, Bellen
bay in Italian is seno, baia
bay in Norwegian is vik, bukt
bay in Swedish is bukt, vik

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