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Bay Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    bay adj : (used of animals especially a horse) of a moderate reddish-brown color n
  1. an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf
  2. the sound of a hound on the scent
  3. 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 [syn: true laurel, bay laurel, bay tree, Laurus nobilis}]
  4. a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital; "they put him in the sick bay"
  5. a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose; "he opened the bomb bay"
  6. a small recess opening off a larger room [syn: alcove]
  7. a horse of a moderate reddish-brown color v
  8. utter in deep prolonged tones
  9. bark with prolonged noises, of dogs [syn: quest]
Bay Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bay \Bay\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bayed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Baying.] [ OE. bayen, abayen, OF. abaier, F. aboyer, to bark; of uncertain origin.] To bark, as a dog with a deep voice does, at his game. The hounds at nearer distance hoarsely bayed. --Dryden.
Bay Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bay \Bay\, v. t. To bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive to bay; as, to bay the bear. --Shak.
Bay Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bay \Bay\, n. [See Bay, v. i.]
  1. Deep-toned, prolonged barking. ``The bay of curs.'' --Cowper.
  2. [OE. bay, abay, OF. abai, F. aboi barking, pl. abois, prop. the extremity to which the stag is reduced when surrounded by the dogs, barking (aboyant); aux abois at bay.] A state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible. Embolden'd by despair, he stood at bay. --Dryden. The most terrible evils are just kept at bay by incessant efforts. --I. Taylor
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Bay'

Bays are an area of water mostly surrounded by land. Bays generally have calmer waters than the surrounding sea, due to the surrounding land blocking some waves and often reducing winds. Bays also exist as an inlet in a lake or pond. A large bay may be called a gulf, a sea, a sound, or a bight. A cove is a circular or oval coastal inlet with a narrow entrance; some coves may be referred to as bays.

Bays and gulfs were significant in the history of human settlement because they provided a safe place for fishing. Later they were important in the development of sea trade as the safe anchorage they provided encouraged their selection as ports. Any bay may contain fish and other sea creatures or be adjacent to other bays, for example, James Bay is adjacent to Hudson Bay. Large bays, such as the Bay of Bengal and the Hudson Bay, have varied marine geology.

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Meaning of the Name 'Bay'

  • Meaning: Born in July; seventh-born son
  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Gender: Male

'Bay' in famous quotation sentence

* The Green Bay Packers never lost a football game. They just ran out of time. - Vince Lombardi

* Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn't do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another. - Vince Lombardi

* Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity. - R. I. Fitzhenry

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