American English

Definition of bay noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a part of the sea, or of a large lake, partly surrounded by a wide curve of the land the Bay of Bengal Hudson Bay a magnificent view across the bay
  2. 2[countable] a marked section of ground either inside or outside a building, for example for a vehicle to park in, for storing things, etc. a parking/loading bay Put the equipment in the cargo bay. see also sickbay
  3. 3[countable] a curved area of a room or building that sticks out from the rest of the building see also bay window
  4. 4[countable] a horse of a dark brown color He was riding a big bay.
  5. 5(also sweet bay) [countable] = bay tree
  6. 6[uncountable] an herb used to give flavor to food, made of the leaves of the bay tree
  7. Idioms
    hold/keep somebody/something at bay
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    to prevent an enemy from coming close or a problem from having a bad effect synonym ward somebody/somethingoff I'm trying to keep my creditors at bay. Charlotte bit her lip to hold the tears at bay.
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