embayment

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n embayment an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Embayment A bay. "The embayment which is terminated by the land of North Berwick."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n embayment A part of the sea closed in and sheltered by capes or promontories.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Embayment a bay
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Em, in, into, and bay.

Usage

In literature:

He at last halted before his door, gave a scrutinizing glance around the embayed recess, and opened the door half expectantly.
"The Bell-Ringer of Angel's and Other Stories" by Bret Harte
If we find the lugger embayed, we'll have her as sure as fate.
"The Wing-and-Wing" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Whylest others did themselves embay in liquid ioyes.
"Flowers and Flower-Gardens" by David Lester Richardson
Embaye, ix, 13; x, 27, bathe.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
They embayed me as a quarry.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
The King's fleet found the Northmen's embayed, and three of them aground.
"The Pleasures of England" by John Ruskin
They had known of its existence before; and more than once had visited the little embayment in the lake, where it chiefly grew.
"The Cliff Climbers" by Captain Mayne Reid
In escaping under cover of the cloud they had gone too far, ridden direct into a deep embayment of the cliff!
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
It was, in fact, a sort of natural breakwater, forming one side of a large cone, or embayment, lying between it and the true beach.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
The corvette was caught on a lee shore and embayed.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

Out of pale cliff and sunburnt health,
Out of the low sea curled beneath
In the land's bending arm embayed,
Out of all lives that thought hears breathe
Life within life inlaid,
Was answer made.
"On The Downs" by Algernon Charles Swinburne