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bay

  
[1]  
      n  
1    a wide semicircular indentation of a shoreline, esp. between two headlands or peninsulas  
2    an extension of lowland into hills that partly surround it  
3      (U.S.)   an extension of prairie into woodland  
     (C14: from Old French baie, perhaps from Old French baer to gape, from Medieval Latin batare to yawn)  
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bay   [2]  
      n  
1    an alcove or recess in a wall  
2    any partly enclosed compartment, as one in which hay is stored in a barn  
3       See       bay window  
4    an area off a road in which vehicles may park or unload, esp. one adjacent to a shop, factory, etc.  
5    a compartment in an aircraft, esp. one used for a specified purpose  
the bomb bay     
6      (Nautical)   a compartment in the forward part of a ship between decks, often used as the ship's hospital  
7      (Brit)   a tracked recess in the platform of a railway station, esp. one forming the terminus of a branch line  
     (C14: from Old French baee gap or recess in a wall, from baer to gape; see bay1)  

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bay   [3]  
      n  
1    a deep howl or growl, esp. of a hound on the scent  
2    at bay  
a    (of a person or animal) forced to turn and face attackers  
the dogs held the deer at bay     
b    at a distance  
to keep a disease at bay     
3    bring to bay   to force into a position from which retreat is impossible  
      vb  
4    intr   to howl (at) in deep prolonged tones  
5    tr   to utter in a loud prolonged tone  
6    tr   to drive to or hold at bay  
     (C13: from Old French abaiier to bark, of imitative origin)  

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bay   [4]  
      n  
1    a Mediterranean laurel, Laurus nobilis  
   See       laurel       1  
2    any of several magnolias  
   See       sweet bay  
3    any of certain other trees or shrubs, esp. bayberry  
4    pl   a wreath of bay leaves  
   See       laurel       6  
     (C14: from Old French baie laurel berry, from Latin baca berry)  

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bay   [5]  
      n  
1   
a    a moderate reddish-brown colour  
b    (as adj.)  
a bay horse     
2    an animal of this colour, esp. a horse  
     (C14: from Old French bai, from Latin badius)  

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bay

  
[1]  
      n   bight, cove, gulf, inlet, natural harbour, sound  

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bay   [2]  
      n   alcove, compartment, embrasure, niche, nook, opening, recess  

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bay   [3]  
1   
      vb  
      n   bark, bell, clamour, cry, growl, howl, yelp  
2   
      n  
at bay      caught, cornered, trapped  

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