bay

A bay is an inlet along the shoreline of a body of water. A bay window occupies a similar inlet in a room. When you keep someone "at bay" you hold them off.

The different meanings of bay come from different origins. For example, the idea of the word as a cove comes from the Latin bāia, while the idea of an opening is a wall is from the Latin batāre, meaning "gape." The word that means a dog's howl, however, comes from the Latin baubari, which means "to bark." Other meanings of this versatile word include a horse with reddish coloring, and a tree with leaves used to add flavor in cooking. There's nothing quite like riding a bay along the scenic bay while listening to the hounds bay!

Primary Meanings of bay

1.
n
an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf
2.
n
a small recess opening off a larger room
3.
nadj
a horse of a moderate reddish-brown color
(used of animals especially a horse) of a moderate reddish-brown color
4.
nv
the sound of a hound on the scent
utter in deep prolonged tones
5.
n
small Mediterranean evergreen tree with small blackish berries and glossy aromatic leaves used for flavoring in cooking; also used by ancient Greeks to crown victors
Full Definitions of bay
1

n an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf

Synonyms:
embayment
Examples:
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Abukir Bay
a bay on the Mediterranean Sea in northern Egypt
Andaman Sea
part of the Bay of Bengal to the west of the Malay Peninsula
Bay of Bengal
an arm of the Indian Ocean to the east of India
Bay of Biscay
an arm of the Atlantic Ocean in western Europe; bordered by the west coast of France and the north coast of Spain
Bay of Fundy
a bay of the North Atlantic between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia; noted for rapid tides as great as 70 feet
Bay of Naples
an arm of the Tyrrhenian Sea at Naples
Biscayne Bay
a narrow bay formed by an inlet from the Atlantic Ocean in southeastern Florida
Bo Hai
an inlet of the Yellow Sea, on the coast of Eastern China
Buzzards Bay
an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in southeastern Massachusetts
Cape Cod Bay
the southern part of Massachusetts Bay
Chesapeake Bay
a large inlet of the North Atlantic between Virginia and Maryland; fed by Susquehanna River
Delaware Bay
an inlet of the North Atlantic; fed by the Delaware River
Galveston Bay
an arm of the Gulf of Mexico in Texas to the south of Houston
Galway Bay
a bay of the North Atlantic on the west coast of Ireland
Hangzhou Bay
a bay formed by an inlet of the East China Sea
James Bay
the southern extension of Hudson Bay in Canada between western Quebec and northeastern Ontario
Korea Bay
an inlet of the Yellow Sea between the Liaodong Peninsula in China and western Korea
Massachusetts Bay
an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean off of eastern Massachusetts extending from Cape Ann on the north to Cape Cod on the south
Minamata Bay
a bay on the west coast of Kyushu; in the 1950s industrial wastes caused mercury poisoning among the Japanese people who ate fish from Minamata Bay
Mobile Bay
a bay of the Gulf of Mexico; fed by the Mobile River
Monterey Bay
an inlet of the Pacific Ocean in western California
Moreton Bay
an arm of the Tasman Sea forming a bay to the east of Brisbane
Narragansett Bay
a deep inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in Rhode Island
New York Bay
a bay of the North Atlantic; fed by the Hudson River
Osaka Bay
a bay of the western Pacific in southern Honshu
Penobscot Bay
an inlet of the Atlantic in eastern Maine
Prudhoe Bay
a bay on the northern coast of Alaska where oil was discovered in 1968
San Diego Bay
a bay of the Pacific in southern California
San Francisco Bay
a bay of the Pacific in western California
Sea of Azoff
a bay of the Black Sea between Russia and the Ukraine
Tampa Bay
an arm of the Gulf of Mexico in west central Florida
Bight of Benin
a broad indentation of the Gulf of Guinea in western Africa
Great Australian Bight
a wide bay of the Indian Ocean in southern Australia; notorious for storms
Types:
bight
a broad bay formed by an indentation in the shoreline
Guantanamo Bay
an inlet of the Caribbean Sea; a United States naval station was established on the bay in 1903
Type of:
body of water, water
the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)
2

n a small recess opening off a larger room

Synonyms:
alcove
Types:
carrel, carrell, cubicle, stall
small individual study area in a library
Type of:
niche, recess
an enclosure that is set back or indented

n a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital

“they put him in the sick bay
Type of:
compartment
a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area

n a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose

“he opened the bomb bay
Type of:
compartment
a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area
3

n a horse of a moderate reddish-brown color

Type of:
Equus caballus, horse
solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times

adj (used of animals especially a horse) of a moderate reddish-brown color

Synonyms:
colored, colorful, coloured
having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination
4

n the sound of a hound on the scent

Type of:
cry
the characteristic utterance of an animal

v utter in deep prolonged tones

Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

v bark with prolonged noises, of dogs

Synonyms:
quest
Type of:
bark
make barking sounds
5

n small Mediterranean evergreen tree with small blackish berries and glossy aromatic leaves used for flavoring in cooking; also used by ancient Greeks to crown victors

Synonyms:
Laurus nobilis, bay laurel, bay tree, true laurel
Type of:
laurel
any of various aromatic trees of the laurel family

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