bay

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a wide curved coastline, partly enclosing an area of sea

Aviation

  • noun a space or area in the structure of an aeroplane where equipment can be located

Computing

  • noun a space within a computer’s casing where a disk drive is fitted.

Construction

  • In construction, the space between two main trusses or beams.
  • The space between two adjacent piers or mullions, or between two adjacent lines of columns.
  • A small, well-defined area of concrete laid in the course of placing larger areas, such as floors, pavements, or runways.
  • The projecting structure of a bay window.

Electronics

  • An opening or shelf in a computer cabinet where additional devices may be installed. For instance, a drive bay.
  • A segment within an antenna array.

Food

  • An evergreen laurel-like shrub, Laurus nobilis, whose fresh or dried leaves are used for flavouring, especially in a bouquet garni, marinades, béchamel sauce, milk puddings and fish.

Military

  • noun the part of a coastline where the sea curves inland
  • noun a space set aside for a specific purpose

Real Estate

  • noun a section of a wall or building between two vertical structures such as pillars or buttresses

Slang

  • noun £1. The term has been in ‘street’ usage since 2000.

Travel

  • noun a fragrant shrub whose leaves are used in cooking
  • noun a large rounded inlet in a coast

Origin & History of “bay”

there are no fewer than six distinct words bay in English. The ‘sea inlet’ (14th c.) comes via Old French baie from Old Spanish bahia. Bay as in bay leaf (14th c.) comes from a different Old French word baie, whose source was Latin bāca ‘berry’. The ‘reddish-brown colour of a horse’ (14th c.) comes via Old French bai from Latin badius, which is related to Old Irish buide ‘yellow’. The ‘recessed area or compartment’ (14th c.) comes from yet another Old French baie, a derivative of the verb bayer ‘gape, yawn’, from medieval Latin batāre (English acquired abash and abeyance from the same source, and it may also be represented in the first syllable of beagle). Bay ‘bark’ (14th c.) comes from Old French abaiier, in which the element -bai- probably originated as an imitation of a dog howling. And it is the source of bay as in at bay (13th c.) (from Old French abai), the underlying idea of which is that of a hunted animal finally turning and facing its barking pursuers.
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