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!

Definitions of bay
  1. noun
    an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf
    synonyms: embayment
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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. noun
    a small recess opening off a larger room
    synonyms: alcove
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    carrel, carrell, cubicle, stall
    small individual study area in a library
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    niche, recess
    an enclosure that is set back or indented
  3. noun
    a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital
    “they put him in the sick bay
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    compartment
    a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area
  4. noun
    a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose
    “he opened the bomb bay
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    compartment
    a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area
  5. noun
    a horse of a moderate reddish-brown color with a dark tail and mane
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    Equus caballus, horse
    solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
  6. adjective
    (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
  7. noun
    the sound of a hound on the scent
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    type of:
    cry
    the characteristic utterance of an animal
  8. verb
    utter in deep prolonged tones
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    type of:
    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  9. verb
    bark with prolonged noises, of dogs
    synonyms: quest
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    type of:
    bark
    make barking sounds
  10. noun
    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
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    laurel
    any of various aromatic trees of the laurel family
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