Meaning of BAY in English


Any of several small trees with aromatic leaves, especially the sweet bay, or bay laurel ( Laurus nobilis ), source of the bay leaf used in cooking.

The California laurel ( Umbellularia californica ) is an ornamental tree also called the bay tree. The bay rum tree, or simply bay ( Pimenta racemosa ), has leaves and twigs that yield, when distilled, oil of bay, which is used in perfumery and in the preparation of bay rum, a fragrant cosmetic and medicinal liquid.


In architecture, any division of a building between vertical lines or planes, especially the entire space included between the centerlines of two adjacent vertical supports.

The space between two columns or pier to pier in a church, including that part of the vaulting (see vault ) or ceiling between them, is thus called a bay.


Semicircular or nearly circular concavity, similar to a gulf but usually smaller.

Bays may range from a few hundred yards to several hundred miles from side to side. They are usually located where easily eroded rocks, such as clays and sandstones, are bounded by harder, more erosion-resistant formations of igneous rocks, such as granite, or hard calcareous rocks, such as massive limestones. Some bays form excellent harbours.


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Frobisher Bay

Dublin Bay prawn

Abu Qir Bay

Atchafalaya Bay

Baffin Bay

Barataria Bay

Bay of Pigs invasion

Bay Laguna de

Bengal Bay of

Biscayne Bay

Botany Bay

Buzzards Bay

Cádiz Bay of

Cam Ranh Bay

Campeche Bay of

Cardigan Bay

Chaleur Bay

Chesapeake Bay

Conception Bay

Coos Bay

Marshfield Bay

Corpus Christi Bay

Delagoa Bay

Delaware Bay

Faxa Bay

Fundy Bay of

Georgian Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Grand Traverse Bay

Green Bay

Guantánamo Bay

Hervey Bay

Hudson Bay

Hudson's Bay Co.

Islands Bay of

Jamaica Bay

James Bay

Jervis Bay

Manila Bay

Manila Bay Battle of

Massachusetts Bay Colony

Milne Bay

Mobile Bay

Mobile Bay Battle of

Montego Bay

Moreton Bay

Naples Bay of

Narragansett Bay

Passamaquoddy Bay

Peter the Great Bay

Prudhoe Bay

Quinte Bay of

San Francisco Bay

Subic Bay

Table Bay

Tampa Bay

Thunder Bay

Tokyo Bay

Ungava Bay

Walvis Bay

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Biscay Bay of

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