Bay a. Reddish brown; of the color of a chestnut; -- applied to the color of horses.
Bay cat Zool., a wild cat of Africa and the East Indies (Felis aurata).
Bay lynx Zool., the common American lynx (Lynx lynx, formerly Felis rufa or Lynx rufa).
1. Geog. An inlet of the sea, usually smaller than a gulf, but of the same general character.
Note: ☞ The name is not used with much precision, and is often applied to large tracts of water, around which the land forms a curve; as, Hudson's Bay. The name is not restricted to tracts of water with a narrow entrance, but is used for any recess or inlet between capes or headlands; as, the Bay of Biscay.
2. 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.
3. A recess or indentation shaped like a bay.
4. 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.
5. A compartment in a barn, for depositing hay, or grain in the stalks.
6. A kind of mahogany obtained from Campeachy Bay.
Sick bay, in vessels of war, that part of a deck appropriated to the use of the sick.
1. A berry, particularly of the laurel. [Obs.]
2. 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.
The patriot's honors and the poet's bays. --Trumbull.
3. A tract covered with bay trees. [Local, U. S.]
Bay leaf, the leaf of the bay tree (Laurus nobilis). It has a fragrant odor and an aromatic taste, and is used for flavoring in food.
Bay, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bayed p. pr. & vb. n. Baying.] To bark, as a dog with a deep voice does, at his game.
The hounds at nearer distance hoarsely bayed. --Dryden.
Bay v. t. To bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive to bay; as, to bay the bear.
1. Deep-toned, prolonged barking. “The bay of curs.”
2. 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
Bay, v. t. To bathe. [Obs.]
Bay, n. A bank or dam to keep back water.
Bay, v. t. To dam, as water; -- with up or back.
adj : (used of animals especially a horse) of a moderate
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
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 1: utter in deep prolonged tones
2: bark with prolonged noises, of dogs [syn: quest]
denotes the estuary of the Dead Sea at the mouth of the Jordan
(Josh. 15:5; 18:19), also the southern extremity of the same sea
(15:2). The same Hebrew word is rendered "tongue" in Isa. 11:15,
where it is used with reference to the forked mouths of the
Bay in Zech. 6:3, 7 denotes the colour of horses, but the
original Hebrew means strong, and is here used rather to
describe the horses as fleet or spirited.