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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bay leaf
bay window
loading bay
the sick bay (=a room where there are beds for people who are sick, for example on a ship or in a school)
▪ I was confined to the ship's sick bay until we arrived back in Liverpool.
▪ She were a beautiful bay mare with feet like butcher's blocks.
▪ Port-au-Prince rises like an amphitheatre above one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
▪ We chose the southern route for our cruise and so our first port of call was the beautiful bay of Les Saintes.
▪ Roomy High Victorian pub, with big bay windows and glass partitions.
▪ She pushed back her hair, as bright as copper in the sunshine that slanted through the big bay window.
▪ If you like big bays, you'd like my boy Oscar.
▪ The cathedral has the traditional triforium arcade with two round arches under one larger one per bay and clerestory windows above.
▪ Days start with a morning chat, and most windsurfing takes place in the large bay.
▪ The bedroom had large bay windows covered with grubby nets.
▪ At the northern end of the larger bay lie the town of Kalloni and its nearby solar saltworks.
▪ It was the only unit with a large bay window and interest came from local, regional and national businesses.
▪ It was squat and solid, in a cove, with outbuildings, some land and its own sandy bay.
▪ Here the east coast is bleak and low, and the spume-filled sea lashes the sandy bay.
▪ She reminds me of a small animal at bay.
▪ Tor suggests we try to stop in the small bay where we will touch the mainland.
▪ Bitez, a small holiday bay on the Bodrum Peninsula, is described on page 42 and 43.
▪ The late sun setting over the mainland lays a bright path over the water, coming right in at the small bay.
▪ It is more a wide bay with mostly low foreshores, opening out to the north-east into the Barents Sea.
▪ There, the palm-tree-lined beach curves gently around a wide bay.
▪ Hoffman said the end of the tether draped in the cargo bay was discolored, perhaps charred by burning.
▪ There were cargo bays and airlocks situated at random among the folds and spirals, but all of them remained closed.
▪ a loading bay
▪ sailboats on the bay
▪ the San Francisco Bay
▪ the space shuttle's cargo bay
▪ And then the floor of the bay was rushing up towards them.
▪ But I have to keep the reality and the horror at bay.
▪ Each truck would drive into the bay beside the tower, replacing a truck that had just been emptied of its load.
▪ He kept his disease at bay, changed his diet and actually got bigger and stronger.
▪ In a bay where the two arms of the L joined was an open vintage car.
▪ The east shore of the bay had no airport landing strip, no railhead, no long-distance bus terminal.
▪ The old-fashioned three-bay barn - the centre bay with doors each end for loading - has much in its favour.
▪ The Nanchong affair was obviously about much more than a crowd in a stadium baying for the blood of four vagrants.
▪ Hark! her hounds are baying through the town.
▪ He just crouches on the corner at lunchtime and occasionally bays, like a wolf or coyote.
▪ Provoked beyond control, Satan bayed in fury and launched himself at his tormentor's face.
▪ Then it bayed and Jim was stricken with terror.
▪ There they were shown into a room, leaving the press-hounds baying outside.
▪ Add lentils, thyme, and bay leaf.
▪ Add the thyme, bay leaves, potatoes and juniper with the sausages.
▪ Beador had lent her a magnificent five-year-old mealy bay gelding, called Fontana.
▪ I forgot to say take out the bay leaf before it sets.
▪ Remove bay leaf and serve over rice.
▪ Remove bay leaves and adjust seasonings before serving.
▪ Skim off excess fat from pan, and add shallots, juniper berries, and bay leaves.
▪ The stonework around the bay windows was crumbling and the upper front bay had developed a distinct list.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

colorful \colorful\ adj.

  1. having striking color. Opposite of colorless.

    Note: [Narrower terms: changeable, chatoyant, iridescent, shot; deep, rich; flaming; fluorescent, glowing; prismatic; psychedelic; red, ruddy, flushed, empurpled]

    Syn: colourful.

  2. striking in variety and interest. Opposite of colorless or dull. [Narrower terms: brave, fine, gay, glorious; flamboyant, resplendent, unrestrained; flashy, gaudy, jazzy, showy, snazzy, sporty; picturesque]

  3. having color or a certain color; not black, white or grey; as, colored crepe paper. Opposite of colorless and monochrome.

    Note: [Narrower terms: tinted; touched, tinged; amber, brownish-yellow, yellow-brown; amethyst; auburn, reddish-brown; aureate, gilded, gilt, gold, golden; azure, cerulean, sky-blue, bright blue; bicolor, bicolour, bicolored, bicoloured, bichrome; blue, bluish, light-blue, dark-blue; blushful, blush-colored, rosy; bottle-green; bronze, bronzy; brown, brownish, dark-brown; buff; canary, canary-yellow; caramel, caramel brown; carnation; chartreuse; chestnut; dun; earth-colored, earthlike; fuscous; green, greenish, light-green, dark-green; jade, jade-green; khaki; lavender, lilac; mauve; moss green, mosstone; motley, multicolor, culticolour, multicolored, multicoloured, painted, particolored, particoloured, piebald, pied, varicolored, varicoloured; mousy, mouse-colored; ocher, ochre; olive-brown; olive-drab; olive; orange, orangish; peacock-blue; pink, pinkish; purple, violet, purplish; red, blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, ruby, ruby-red, scarlet; red, reddish; rose, roseate; rose-red; rust, rusty, rust-colored; snuff, snuff-brown, snuff-color, snuff-colour, snuff-colored, snuff-coloured, mummy-brown, chukker-brown; sorrel, brownish-orange; stone, stone-gray; straw-color, straw-colored, straw-coloured; tan; tangerine; tawny; ultramarine; umber; vermilion, vermillion, cinibar, Chinese-red; yellow, yellowish; yellow-green; avocado; bay; beige; blae bluish-black or gray-blue); coral; creamy; cress green, cresson, watercress; hazel; honey, honey-colored; hued(postnominal); magenta; maroon; pea-green; russet; sage, sage-green; sea-green] [Also See: chromatic, colored, dark, light.]

    Syn: colored, coloured, in color(predicate).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"inlet of the sea," c.1400, from Old French baie, Late Latin baia (c.640), perhaps ultimately from Iberian bahia.


"opening in a wall," late 14c. (especially bay window, early 15c.), from Old French baee "opening, hole, gulf," noun use of fem. past participle of bayer "to gape, yawn," from Medieval Latin batare "gape," perhaps of imitative origin. It is the bay in sick-bay.


"howl of a dog," early 14c., earlier "howling chorus raised (by hounds) when in contact with the hunted animal," c.1300, from Old French bayer, from PIE root *bai- echoic of howling (compare Greek bauzein, Latin baubari "to bark," English bow-wow; also see bawl). From the hunting usage comes the transferred sense of "final encounter," and thence, on the notion of putting up an effective defense, at bay.


"reddish-brown," usually of horses, mid-14c., from Anglo-French bai (13c.), Old French bai, from Latin badius "chestnut-brown" (used only of horses), from PIE *badyo- "yellow, brown" (cognates: Old Irish buide "yellow"). Also elliptical for a horse of this color.


laurel shrub (Laurus nobilis, source of the bay leaf), late 14c., originally only of the berry, from Old French baie (12c.) "berry, seed," from Latin baca "berry." Extension to the shrub itself is from 1520s. The leaves or sprigs were woven as wreaths for conquerors or poets. Bayberry first recorded 1570s, after the original sense had shifted.


"to bark or howl (at)," late 14c., from bay (n.3). Related: Bayed; baying.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context obsolete English) A berry. 2 (taxlink Laurus nobilis species noshow=1), a shrub of the family ''Lauraceae'', having dark green leaves and berries. 3 (context in the plural now rare English) The leaves of this shrub, woven into a garland used to reward a champion or victor; hence, fame, victory. 4 The leaf of this or certain other species of shrub, used as a herb. 5 (context US dialect English) A tract covered with bay trees. 6 A kind of mahogany obtained from (w: Campeche) in Mexico. Etymology 2

n. (context geography English) A body of water (especially the sea) more or less three-quarters surrounded by land. Etymology 3

n. 1 An opening in a wall, especially between two columns. 2 An internal recess; a compartment or area surrounded on three sides. Etymology 4

n. 1 The excited howling of dogs when hunting or being attacked. 2 (context by extension English) The climactic confrontation between hunting-dogs and their prey. 3 (context figuratively English) A state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To howl. 2 (context transitive English) To bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive to bay. 3 (context transitive English) To pursue noisily, like a pack of hounds. Etymology 5

  1. Of a reddish-brown colour (especially of horses). n. 1 A brown colour/color of the coat of some horses. 2 A horse of this color.


adj. (used of animals especially a horse) of a moderate reddish-brown color

  1. v. utter in deep prolonged tones

  2. bark with prolonged noises, of dogs [syn: quest]

  1. n. 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

Bay, AR -- U.S. city in Arkansas
Population (2000): 1800
Housing Units (2000): 734
Land area (2000): 3.354006 sq. miles (8.686836 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.354006 sq. miles (8.686836 sq. km)
FIPS code: 04180
Located within: Arkansas (AR), FIPS 05
Location: 35.745157 N, 90.562777 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 72411
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Bay, AR
Bay -- U.S. County in Michigan
Population (2000): 110157
Housing Units (2000): 46423
Land area (2000): 444.245963 sq. miles (1150.591713 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 186.659954 sq. miles (483.447041 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 630.905917 sq. miles (1634.038754 sq. km)
Located within: Michigan (MI), FIPS 26
Location: 43.636656 N, 83.917406 W
Bay, MI
Bay County
Bay County, MI
Bay -- U.S. County in Florida
Population (2000): 148217
Housing Units (2000): 78435
Land area (2000): 763.678148 sq. miles (1977.917239 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 269.596823 sq. miles (698.252537 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1033.274971 sq. miles (2676.169776 sq. km)
Located within: Florida (FL), FIPS 12
Location: 30.219170 N, 85.638788 W
Bay, FL
Bay County
Bay County, FL
Bay (disambiguation)

A bay is an area of water bordered by land on three sides.

Bay, Bays or baying may also refer to:

Bay (horse)

Bay is a hair coat color of horses, characterized by a reddish-brown body color with a black mane, tail, ear edges, and lower legs. Bay is one of the most common coat colors in many horse breeds.

The black areas of a bay horse's hair coat are called "black points", and without them, a horse cannot be a bay. Black points may sometimes be covered by white markings; however such markings do not alter a horse's classification as "bay". Bay horses have dark skin, except under white markings - where the skin is pink. Genetically, bay occurs when a horse carries both the Agouti gene and a black base coat. The addition of other genes creates many additional coat colors. While the basic concepts behind bay coloring are fairly simple, the genes themselves and the mechanisms that cause shade variations within the bay family are quite complex and, at times, disputed. The genetics of dark shades of bay are still under study. A DNA test said to detect the seal brown (A) allele was developed, but subsequently pulled from the market. Sooty genetics also appear to darken some horse' bay coats, and that genetic mechanism is yet to be fully understood.

Bay (TTC)

Bay is a subway station on the Bloor–Danforth line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in heart of the Yorkville district just north of Bloor Street West on the west side of Bay Street.

The Toronto Transit Commission operates a lost and found at this station, where forgotten objects on the city's buses and trains are held until reclaimed or sold by auction. Wi-fi service is available at this station.

Bay (chancellor)

Bay, also called Ramesse Khamenteru, (died 1192 BC) was an important Asiatic official in ancient Egypt, who rose to prominence and high office under Seti II Userkheperure Setepenre and later became an influential powerbroker in the closing stages of the 19th Dynasty. He was generally identified with Irsu (alt. Arsu, Iarsu, Yarsu) mentioned in the Great Harris Papyrus, although no contemporary source connects Bay with Irsu.

Bay's importance is emphasized by the fact that he was given permission, possibly by Seti but more probably by Siptah, to construct his own tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings ( KV13). His tomb was clearly constructed as part of a triad of tombs, including that of the Pharaoh Siptah and Queen Twosret. This was an unprecedented privilege, the likes of which were rarely accorded to a commoner, let alone a foreigner (though previous exceptions, such as that of Yuya, have occurred). It is possible that Bay was accorded this tomb because he was a relation of Siptah's mother, a Canaanite concubine of Seti II, or perhaps even of Amenmesse. His tomb was later usurped under the Twentieth Dynasty by prince Mentuherkhepshef, a son of Ramesses IX.

Bay (architecture)

In architecture, a bay is the space between architectural elements, or a recess or compartment. Bay comes from "Old French baee," meaning an opening or hole.

Bay (shelving)

A bay is a basic unit of library shelving. Bays are book cases about wide. Bays are stuck together in rows. Items are shelved from the top shelf to the bottom shelf in each bay.

Rows consist of a number of bays, either single-sided or double-sided, connected to each other. The standard length of a row is five to six bays, but it is not uncommon to find rows seven bays wide or even wider. In some countries a row is referred to as a 'stack' or a 'range'.


A bay is a body of water connected to an ocean or lake, formed by an indentation of the shoreline. A large bay may be called a gulf, a sea, a sound, or a bight. A cove is a smaller circular or oval coastal inlet with a narrow entrance; some coves may be referred to as bays. A fjord is a particularly steep bay shaped by glacial activity.

Bays can exist as the estuary of a river, as the estuary of the Parramatta River in Australia. Bays may be nested in each other; for example, James Bay is an arm of Hudson Bay. Some large bays, such as the Bay of Bengal and the Hudson Bay, have varied marine geology.

The land surrounding a bay can often block waves and reduce the strength of winds. Thus bays were significant in the history of human settlement because they could provide a safe place for fishing. Later they were important in the development of sea trade as the safe anchorage they provide encouraged their selection as ports.

Bay (surname)

Bay is a surname used in many countries around the world. The name has many variations and meanings.

  • English, French, and Dutch: nickname for someone with chestnut or auburn hair, from Middle English, Old French bay, bai, Middle Dutch bay ‘reddish brown’ (Latin , used originally of horses).
  • English: from the Middle English personal name Baye, Old English Beaga (masculine) or Beage (feminine).
  • Scottish, Irish: from Old Gaelic O'Bae and with variations of McBay, MacBay and reduced form of McBeth.
  • German: from the Germanic personal name Baio.
  • Scandinavian: found in various regions of Scandinavian countries, coming from North Germanic influence.
  • Turkish: In historical accounts, many Turkish, other Turkic and Persian leaders are titled Bey, Beg, Bek, Bay, Baig or Beigh. They are all the same word with the simple meaning of "lord". Currently "Bay" is Turkish for Mr., gentleman or wealthy. Before the adoption of the 1934 Surname Law in Turkey, which did not use Western-style surnames, instead the many in the Ottoman Empire carried titles such as Bay or Bey. An unsubstantiated oral tradition among some families in Europe using Bay as their surname dictates that a family member was given or awarded this surname, then as a title, during one of the crusades, when he was given governorship of a territory in Asia Minor, possibly as part of a crusader state. This title was then to have been brought back to Europe to be used as a surname after the Crusader states fell.

The name is also found in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, where it may be a short form of German Bayer, regional name for someone from Bavaria, or from baygh, originally a loan word from French denoting a type of fabric. There are currently 50 people residing in Sweden with Bay as a surname, while 62 people are named Bayer.1

Usage examples of "bay".

The baying was very faint now, and it ceased altogether as I approached the ancient grave I had once violated, and frightened away an abnormally large horde of bats which had been hovering curiously around it.

The gathering clouds parted briefly and a crescent moon flooded the bay with a brilliant, achromatic light.

The Acme Florists were the only ones who carried those primroses, which were shipped from a hothouse in Sausalito, across the Bay.

Bay flattened herself against the rough adobe wall and held her hands out in front of her as he started walking toward her.

Bay had been marrying Jonas Harper for the silks and silver his money could buy her, she could be so obviously happy with the few simple things he provided in this adobe house.

Bay had never seen Rancho Dolorosa and was impressed by the huge whitewashed adobe house with its veranda overlooking the Brazos River.

Bay came racing out of the adobe house and hugged Sloan as she stepped down from her horse.

Bay felt a shiver of foreboding when she saw Sloan riding toward the adobe house.

When they arrived at the adobe house, Bay quickly nursed Whipp, fully intending to put him to bed and end the evening in the way that had been denied her for the past few months.

Some of it could be produced in the aeroponics bay, but the majority had to be foraged from the surfaces of alien planets.

There befell the battle of Huan and Wolf-Sauron, and howls and baying echoed in the hills, and the watchers on the walls of Ered Wethrin across the valley heard it afar and were dismayed.

Bay of Eldamar, and the Teleri saw the coming of that ship out of the East and they were amazed, gazing from afar upon the light of the Silmaril, and it was very great.

Murphy could feel the vibrations from his feet as the main engines aft began to accelerate them through the water of the shallow bay, moving them away from the sonobuoys.

CHAPTER 13 SUNDAY, 12 MAY 0530 GREENWICH MEAN TIME Go had bay sixty miles east OF point hotel USS seawolf 1330 beijing time Pacino watched from the galley door to the darkened wardroom as the officers concentrated on the large projection screen on the aft wall.

On the aft wall Pacino had taped a large chart of the Go Hai and Korea bays, the Lushun area in the center.