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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bay1 /beɪ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Geographya body of water enclosed by a curve of the coast around it.

bay2 /beɪ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
    • any of the parts a large building or room may be divided into and used for a purpose:backed the truck into the loading bay.
  1. Aeronauticsany portion or compartment of an aircraft:a cargo bay.

bay3 /beɪ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable] a deep, long howl.
  2. [uncountable;  often: at + ~]
    • the position of an animal that is forced to stop running away from hunters chasing it and to face and resist them.

v. [no object]
  1. to howl, esp. with a deep, long sound:A hound was baying at the moon.

bay4 /beɪ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Plant Biology laurel (def. 1).

bay5 /beɪ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable] a horse having a reddish-brown body and black mane, tail, and lower legs.
  2. [uncountable] a reddish-brown color.

adj. [usually before a noun]
  1. (esp. of a horse) reddish-brown.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bay1  (bā),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a body of water forming an indentation of the shoreline, larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf.
  2. Dialect Terms[South Atlantic States.]an arm of a swamp.
  3. a recess of land, partly surrounded by hills.
  4. an arm of a prairie or swamp, extending into woods and partly surrounded by them.
  • Medieval Latin, Late Latin bāia, perh. by back formation from Latin Bāiae name of a spa on the Bay of Naples
  • Middle French baie
  • Middle English baye 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged inlet, estuary, sound, firth, bight.

bay2  (bā),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Architecture
    • any of a number of similar major vertical divisions of a large interior, wall, etc.:The nave is divided into six bays.
    • a division of a window between a mullion and an adjoining mullion or jamb.
    • See  bay window (def. 1).
  2. Aeronautics
    • any portion of an airplane set off by two successive bulkheads or other bracing members.
    • a compartment in an aircraft:a bomb bay; an engine bay.
  3. a compartment, as in a barn for storing hay.
  4. ComputingAlso called drive bay.  an open compartment in the console housing a computer's CPU in which a disk drive, tape drive, etc., may be installed.
  5. [Naut.]
    • Nauticalthe deck space between the anchor windlass and the stem of a vessel.
    • Naval TermsSee  sick bay. 
  • Vulgar Latin *batāre
  • Middle French baee an opening in a wall, noun, nominal use of feminine past participle of baer to stand open, gape
  • Middle English 1275–1325
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged alcove, nook, recess, niche;
      loft, garret.

bay3  (bā),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a deep, prolonged howl, as of a hound on the scent.
  2. the position or stand of an animal or fugitive that is forced to turn and resist pursuers because it is no longer possible to flee (usually prec. by at or to):a stag at bay; to bring an escaped convict to bay.
  3. the situation of a person or thing that is forced actively to oppose or to succumb to some adverse condition (usually prec. by at or to).
  4. the situation of being actively opposed by an animal, person, etc., so as to be powerless to act fully (often prec. by at).

  1. to howl, esp. with a deep, prolonged sound, as a hound on the scent.

  1. to assail with deep, prolonged howling:a troubled hound baying the moon.
  2. to bring to or to hold at bay:A dog bays its quarry.
  • Anglo-French, dialect, dialectal Old French abai barking, noun, nominal derivative of abaier to bark, from an imitative base *bay-
  • Middle English, aphetic variant of abay 1250–1300
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged roar, bellow, bark, bell, clamor.

bay4  (bā),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Plant Biologylaurel (def. 1).
  2. Plant BiologyAlso called  bayberry, bay rum tree. a tropical American shrub, Pimenta racemosa, having aromatic leaves that are used in making bay oil and bay rum.
  3. Plant Biologyany of various laurellike trees or shrubs.
  4. Plant Biologyany of several magnolias.
  5. an honorary garland or crown bestowed for military victory, literary excellence, etc.
  6. bays, fame;
  • Latin bāca, bacca berry
  • Middle English bai(e), Old English beg- (in begbēam literally, berry tree), conflated with Middle French baie 1350–1400

bay5  (bā),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. reddish brown.
  2. Dog and Cat Breedsa horse or other animal of reddish-brown color.

  1. Dog and Cat Breeds(of horses or other animals) having a reddish-brown body.
  • Latin badius; compare Old Irish buide yellow
  • Middle French bai
  • Middle English 1300–50

bay,2 +n. 
  1. Computingan open compartment in the console housing a computer's CPU in which a disk drive, tape drive, etc., may be installed.Also called drive bay. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bay /beɪ/ n
  1. a wide semicircular indentation of a shoreline, esp between two headlands or peninsulas
  2. an extension of lowland into hills that partly surround it
  3. US an extension of prairie into woodland
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French baie, perhaps from Old French baer to gape, from Medieval Latin batāre to yawn
bay /beɪ/ n
  1. an alcove or recess in a wall
  2. any partly enclosed compartment, as one in which hay is stored in a barn
  3. See bay window
  4. an area off a road in which vehicles may park or unload, esp one adjacent to a shop, factory, etc
  5. a compartment in an aircraft, esp one used for a specified purpose: the bomb bay
  6. a compartment in the forward part of a ship between decks, often used as the ship's hospital
  7. Brit a tracked recess in the platform of a railway station, esp one forming the terminus of a branch line
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French baee gap or recess in a wall, from baer to gape; see bay1
bay /beɪ/ n
  1. a deep howl or growl, esp of a hound on the scent
  2. at bay(of a person or animal) forced to turn and face attackers: the dogs held the deer at bay
  3. at a distance: to keep a disease at bay
  4. bring to bayto force into a position from which retreat is impossible
  1. (intransitive) to howl (at) in deep prolonged tones
  2. (transitive) to utter in a loud prolonged tone
  3. (transitive) to drive to or hold at bay
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French abaiier to bark, of imitative origin
bay /beɪ/ n

  1. Also called: bay laurel, sweet bay a small evergreen Mediterranean laurel, Laurus nobilis, with glossy aromatic leaves, used for flavouring in cooking, and small blackish berries
  2. any of various other trees with strongly aromatic leaves used in cooking, esp a member of the genera Myrica or Pimenta
  3. any of several magnolias
    See sweet bay
  4. any of certain other trees or shrubs, esp bayberry
  5. (plural) a wreath of bay leaves
    See laurel
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French baie laurel berry, from Latin bāca berry
bay /beɪ/ n
  1. a moderate reddish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective)
  3. an animal of this colour, esp a horse
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French bai, from Latin badius
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bay•ber•ry  (bāber′ē, -bə rē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ries. 
  1. Plant Biologyany of several often aromatic trees or shrubs of the genus Myrica, as M. pensylvanica, of northeastern North America, and M. californica, of the western U.S. Cf. wax myrtle.
  2. Plant Biologythe berry of such a plant.
  3. Plant Biologybay4 (def. 2).
  • bay4 + berry 1570–80

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bayberry /ˈbeɪbərɪ/, bay n ( pl -ries)
  1. any of several North American aromatic shrubs or small trees of the genus Myrica, that bear grey waxy berries: family Myricaceae

  2. Also called: bay rum tree a tropical American myrtaceous tree, Pimenta racemosa, that yields an oil used in making bay rum
  3. the fruit of any of these plants
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