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Definition of bay:

  1. A bank or dam to keep back water.
  2. A berry, particularly of the laurel.
  3. A compartment in a barn, for depositing hay, or grain in the stalks.
  4. A kind of mahogany obtained from Campeachy Bay.
  5. 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..
  6. A recess or indentation shaped like a bay.
  7. 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.
  8. A state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible.
  9. A tract covered with bay trees.
  10. An inlet of the sea, usually smaller than a gulf, but of the same general character.
  11. Deep- toned, prolonged barking.
  12. Reddish brown; of the color of a chestnut; - applied to the color of horses.
  13. 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.
  14. To bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive to bay; as, to bay the bear.
  15. To bark, as a dog with a deep voice does, at his game.
  16. To bathe.
  17. To dam, as water; - with up or back.


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