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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.
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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