Definition and Meanings for bay

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Bay is ranked 25,244 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of bay

adjective, noun, intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, transitive verb

Etymology of bay

f. bai, fr. l. badius brown, chestnut-colored; -- used only of horses f. baie, fr. ll. baia. of uncertain origin: cf. ir. & gael. badh or bagh bay, harbor, creek; bisc. baia, baiya, harbor, and f. bayer to gape, open the mouth f. baie a berry, the fruit of the laurel and other trees, fr. l. baca, bacca, a small round fruit, a berry, akin to lith. bapka laurel berry oe. bayen, abayen, of. abaier, f. aboyer, to bark; of uncertain origin see bay, v. i.pos oe. bay, abay, of. abai, f. aboi bark

Meaning of bay

as adjective

  • reddish brown; of the color of a chestnut; -- applied to the color of horses.

as noun

  • an inlet of the sea, usually smaller than a gulf, but of the same general character.
  • 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.
  • a recess or indentation shaped like a bay.
  • 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.
  • a compartment in a barn, for depositing hay, or grain in the stalks.
  • a kind of mahogany obtained from campeachy bay.

as noun

  • a berry, particularly of the laurel.
  • 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.
  • a tract covered with bay trees.

as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to bark, as a dog with a deep voice does, at his game.

as transitive verb

  • to bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive to bay; as, to bay the bear.

as noun, intransitive verb

  • deep-toned, prolonged barking.
  • a state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible.

as transitive verb

  • to bathe.

as noun

  • a bank or dam to keep back water.

as transitive verb

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