• Territory of the Hudson's Bay Company, 1670 to 1870
    Territory of the Hudson's Bay Company, 1670 to 1870
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bay (used of animals especially a horse) of a moderate reddish-brown color
    • v bay bark with prolonged noises, of dogs
    • v bay utter in deep prolonged tones
    • n bay a horse of a moderate reddish-brown color
    • n bay a small recess opening off a larger room
    • n bay a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose "he opened the bomb bay"
    • n bay a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital "they put him in the sick bay"
    • n bay the sound of a hound on the scent
    • n bay an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf
    • n bay small Mediterranean evergreen tree with small blackish berries and glossy aromatic leaves used for flavoring in cooking; also used by ancient Greeks to crown victors
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Prince of Wales's Fort, Hudson's bay, 1777 Prince of Wales's Fort, Hudson's bay, 1777
Bay-window Bay-window

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There was once a fish caught in Delaware Bay with a watch still ticking inside
    • n Bay A bank or dam to keep back water.
    • Bay A berry, particularly of the laurel.
    • Bay A compartment in a barn, for depositing hay, or grain in the stalks.
    • Bay A kind of mahogany obtained from Campeachy Bay.
    • Bay A principal compartment of the walls, roof, or other part of a building, or of the whole building, as marked off by the buttresses, vaulting, mullions of a window, etc.; one of the main divisions of any structure, as the part of a bridge between two piers.
    • Bay A recess or indentation shaped like a bay.
    • Bay A small body of water set off from the main body; as a compartment containing water for a wheel; the portion of a canal just outside of the gates of a lock, etc.
    • Bay A state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible. "Embolden'd by despair, he stood at bay .""The most terrible evils are just kept at bay by incessant efforts."
    • Bay A tract covered with bay trees.
    • Bay (Geog) An inlet of the sea, usually smaller than a gulf, but of the same general character.
    • Bay Deep-toned, prolonged barking. "The bay of curs."
    • a Bay Reddish brown; of the color of a chestnut; -- applied to the color of horses.
    • Bay The laurel tree (Laurus nobilis). Hence, in the plural, an honorary garland or crown bestowed as a prize for victory or excellence, anciently made or consisting of branches of the laurel. "The patriot's honors and the poet's bays ."
    • v. t Bay To bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive to bay; as, to bay the bear.
    • v. i Bay To bark, as a dog with a deep voice does, at his game. "The hounds at nearer distance hoarsely bayed ."
    • v. t Bay To bathe.
    • v. t Bay To dam, as water; -- with up or back.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Florida law forbids rats to leave the ships docked in Tampa Bay.
    • n bay A berry, especially of the laurel-tree.
    • n bay The laurel-tree, noble laurel, or sweet-bay, Laurus nobilis. See laurel. The name bay is also given to a number of trees and shrubs more or less resembling the noble laurel. See phrases below.
    • n bay Hence (like laurel, and in reference to the ancient use of the laurel)
    • n bay An honorary garland or crown bestowed as a prize for victory or excellence; also, fame or renown due to achievement or merit: in this sense used chiefly in the plural, with reference to the leaves or branches of laurel. Also called bay-leaf.
    • n bay [In the following quotation, the office of poet laureate: formerly a not uncommon use.
    • n bay Bays was sometimes used as a singular (compare bays, baize, as singular).
    • n bay [Cf. bay.] A piece of low, marshy ground producing large numbers of bay-trees.
    • n bay A recess in the shore of a sea or lake, differing from a creek in being less long and narrow; the expanse of water between two capes or headlands.
    • n bay An anchorage or roadstead for ships; a port; a harbor.
    • n bay A recess of land, as in a range of hills; a level space partly surrounded by heights.
    • n bay An arm of a prairie extending into woods and partly surrounded by them. [U. S.] Bartlett.
    • n bay A kind of mahogany obtained from Campeachy Bay (whence the name).
    • n bay A principal compartment or division in the architectural arrangement of a building, marked by buttresses or pilasters on the walls, by the disposition of the main ribs (arcs doubleaux) of the interior vaulting, by the placing of the main arches and pillars or of the principals of the roof, or by any other leading features that separate the design into corresponding parts.
    • n bay The part of a window included between two mullions; a light. Also called window-bay.
    • n bay A bay-window.
    • n bay A compartment in a barn for the storage of hay or grain.
    • n bay In carpentry, a portion of a compound or framed floor included between two girders, or between a girder and the wall.
    • n bay In plastering, the space between two screeds. See screed.
    • n bay Nautical, that part of a ship between decks which lies forward of the bitts, on either side; in a ship of war, the foremost messing-place between decks. See sick-bay.
    • n bay In bridge-building, the portion between two piers.
    • n bay In coal-mining: An open space for the gob or waste in a long-wall working.
    • n bay The space between two frames or sets in a level: synonymous with board.
    • bay To open the mouth, as for food; seek with open mouth.
    • bay To bark, as a dog; especially, to bark with a deep prolonged sound, as hounds in the chase.
    • bay To bark at; beset with deep prolonged barking.
    • bay To express by barking.
    • bay To drive or pursue so as to compel to stand at bay; chase or hunt.
    • bay To hold at bay.
    • n bay The deep-toned barking of a dog in pursuit of game; especially, the barking of a pack of hounds.
    • n bay The state of being so hard pressed, as a hunted animal by dogs and hunters, as to be compelled, from impossibility of escape, to turn and face the danger: with at or to: as, to be at bay, stand at bay, hold at bay (formerly also at a bay), bring to bay, etc.: often used figuratively, in these and other constructions, with reference to persons beset by enemies or held at a disadvantage: strait; distress.
    • n bay The state of being kept off by the bold attitude of an opponent; the state of being prevented by an enemy, or by any kind of resistance, from making further advance: with at.
    • bay Reddish or brownish-red, inclining to chestnut; rufous; badious; castaneous: applied most frequently to horses, but also to other animals displaying the same color.
    • n bay A light woolen fabric (originally of a bay color), the manufacture of which was introduced into England in 1561 by refugees from France and the Netherlands: usually in plural bays, now, as singular, baize (which see).
    • n bay A bay horse.
    • n bay A dam; a pond-head; an embankment.
    • bay To dam: as, to bay back the water.
    • n bay The bay-antler or bez-antler of a stag.
    • bay To bend.
    • bay A poetical perversion of bathe.
    • n bay In hydraulic engineering, an opening through a dam or bulkhead for the passage of water, generally capable of regulation by gates or sluices: as, a head-bay, an opening in a dam at the head of a flume or canal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first book published in the United States was Massachusetts Bay Colony: The Oath of a Free Man, in 1638.
    • adj Bay reddish brown inclining to chestnut
    • n Bay elliptical for 'bay-horse.'—n. Bayard (bā′ard), a bay-horse: a name for any horse generally, from 'Bayard,' the famous bay-coloured magic horse given to Renaud by Charlemagne: a man recklessly blind to danger: a fellow bold in his ignorance: a type of the knight, from Bayard (1476-1524), 'the knight without fear and without reproach.'
    • n Bay an inlet of the sea with a wider opening than a gulf: an inward bend of the shore.
    • n Bay the space between two columns:
    • n Bay the laurel-tree:
    • n Bay barking, baying (esp. of a dog when in pursuit): the combined cry of hounds in conflict with a hunted animal: used often of the last stand of a hunted animal when it faces the hounds at close quarters
    • v.i Bay to bark (esp. of large dogs)
    • v.t Bay to bark at: to utter by baying: to follow with barking: to bring to bay
    • v.t Bay (Spens.) to bathe.
    • n Bay (Shak.) the space under one house gable: any recess
    • n Bay (pl.) an honorary garland or crown of victory, originally of laurel: literary renown
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  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
    “With care, and skill, and cunning art, She parried Time's malicious dart, And kept the years at bay, Till passion entered in her heart and aged her in a day!”
  • Vince Lombardi
    “The Green Bay Packers never lost a football game. They just ran out of time.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “They take unbelievable pleasure in the hideous blast of the hunting horn and baying of the hounds. Dogs dung smells sweet as cinnamon to them.”
  • Karl Kraus
    “Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves.”
  • Woody Allen
    “A Bay Area Bisexual told me I didn't quite coincide with either of her desires.”
  • Vince Lombardi
    “Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn't do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.”


Keep at bay - If you keep someone or something at bay, you maintain a safe distance from them.
Keep the wolf at bay - If you keep the wolf at bay, you make enough money to avoid going hungry or falling heavily into debt.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bay, abay, OF. abai, F. aboi, barking, pl. abois, prop. the extremity to which the stag is reduced when surrounded by the dogs, barking (aboyant,); aux abois, at bay
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. baie, a berry—L. baca.


In literature:

The other gentleman who had been saved from an untimely grave in the bay was a learned Frenchman.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
In the aisle the two bays are separated from the rest and from each other by buttresses having a projection of 8 feet.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon" by Cecil Walter Charles Hallett
The bay in which he had anchored was called Murderers' or Massacre Bay.
"History of Australia and New Zealand" by Alexander Sutherland
Exposed to sea-winds, a bay is mostly insecure.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
They were still but half-way across the wide bay.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Toward the ferry building there was a rush of those fleeing to cross the bay.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
Shortly after the Americans abandoned the attack, the blockading squadron got under way and stood down the bay.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The "Merry Maid" had found a quiet anchorage in one of the smaller inlets of the Delaware Bay, not far from the town of Cape May.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
The principal town, San Carlos, called by the natives "Ancud," lies on the northern coast of a very fine bay.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
After a week's stay at San Domingo we ran down to Ivana, one of the missions, and made a rough survey of the bay.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat

In poetry:

"I'm old
Botany Bay;
stiff in the joints,
little to say.
"Old Botany Bay" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
On that fatal day,
The histories say,
Seventy vessels
Sailed out of the bay.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVIII. -- King Olaf And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Ho! fisher, hoist your idle sail,
And whistle for a gale;
My ship is waiting in the bay,
Row away!
""The Shadows On The Water Reach"" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Then led them to a bay tree
By an open grave,
Where three ghost-kings in three
Stony coffins clave.
"The Death-Sprite" by Cale Young Rice
His eyes shine on the green South
On a spring day:
But the blood trickles from his mouth
In Suvla Bay.
"A Sleeper on the Beach" by Anonymous Oceania
And southward still she wandered
To Naples' fairy bay,
Where 'neath its grand volcano,
The town-volcano lay.
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones

In news:

"Bay Area Drop In " highlights the beautiful and varied neighborhoods of the San Francisco Bay Area.
BAY CITY, MI — In response to a multi-part story published Sunday, MLive readers are voicing both support and, at times, vitriolic criticism for a Bay City veteran battling drug addiction .
A Hampton Bays woman was driving drunk when she crashed her pickup into a car in Hampton Bays Sunday, police said.
Due to be released November 2, 2012, "The Bay," directed by Barry Levinson, who also directed "Rain Man," is sure to make your skin crawl (literally), as a ecological disaster in Chesapeake Bay kills thousands in a most gruesome way.
6, 2012 7:00 pm Green Bay Distillery 835 Potts Avenue Green Bay, WI 54304.
Green Bay Packers' Jerel Worthy celebrates in front of Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler (6) during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept 13, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. Bears Extra iPad magazine - free download.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford walks off the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec 9, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP) — New week, same ole story for the hapless Detroit Lions.
BAY CITY, MI — A Williams Township man who had nearly $1 million in cash two years ago and is now destitute and charged with four firearm -related felonies is set to accept a plea deal in Bay County Circuit Court.
This week the folks at the Bay Point Marina should be working hard to put the final touches on the 29th Bay Point Invitational.
All funds raised from the Watershed Ride will support the Bay Coalition's work to restore clean water, conserve natural lands and engage the community in protecting the Bay.
The circle covers Montauk, Amagansett, including Napeague, Springs, and Gardiner 's Island, as well as part of the ocean, Block Island Sound, Napeague Bay, Gardiner 's Bay, and Accabonac Harbor.
275-foot ' Gator in the Bay' will float through Biscayne Bay.
Green Bay Packers fans celebrate at the Stadium View Bar near Lambeau Field in Green Bay , Wis.
GREEN BAY , Wis.-- The Green Bay Protection and Welfare Committee plans to discuss the operations of the St John Homeless Shelter, located in the city's downtown district at it's Monday night meeting.
GREEN BAY , Wisconsin — Green Bay Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang is active for Sunday night's game against the Detroit Lions.

In science:

Naive Bayes). A possible limitation of the current approach may be that different tasks can only be combined when they are very similar (in this case pronunciation prediction of two related dialects), a situation which may be rare.
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
Li and B. D’Ambrosio. Efficient Inference in Bayes Networks as a Combinatorial Optimization Problem.
Uniformly Generating Distribution Functions for Discrete Random Variables
China. †Department of Mathematics, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, P. R.
Central Simple Poisson Algebras
Park and Miller with Bays-Durham shuffle and added safeguards, see .
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
L’Ecuyer with Bays-Durham shuffle and added safeguards, see .
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++