Meaning of BAY in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ beɪ ]

( bays, baying, bayed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A bay is a part of a coast where the land curves inwards.

...a short ferry ride across the bay.

...the Bay of Bengal.

...the San Francisco Bay area.

N-COUNT : oft in names


A bay is a partly enclosed area, inside or outside a building, that is used for a particular purpose.

The animals are herded into a bay, then butchered...

The car reversed into the loading bay.

N-COUNT : oft supp N


A bay is an area of a room which extends beyond the main walls of a house, especially an area with a large window at the front of a house.



A bay horse is reddish-brown in colour.



If a number of people are baying for something, they are demanding something angrily, usually that someone should be punished.

The referee ignored voices baying for a penalty.

...the baying crowd.

= clamour

VERB : usu cont , V for n , V-ing


If a dog or wolf bays , it makes loud, long cries.

A dog suddenly howled, baying at the moon.

VERB : V at n , also V


see also sick bay


If you keep something or someone at bay , or hold them at bay , you prevent them from reaching, attacking, or affecting you.

Eating oranges keeps colds at bay...

Prisoners armed with baseball bats used the hostages to hold police at bay.

PHRASE : V inflects

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