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Topic: GEOGRAPHY

Sense: 1
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: baie, from Old Spanish bahia
Sense: 2
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: bay 'condition of a hunted animal that is trapped and has to turn around' (14-17 centuries), from Old French abai, from abaiier; BAY2
Sense: 3-4
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: baee 'opening', from baer 'to have the mouth wide open'
Sense: 5
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: baie 'berry', from Latin baca
Sense: 6
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: BAY3

bay

1 noun
     
bay1 [countable]
1

sea

DNSG a part of the sea that is partly enclosed by a curve in the land:
a house with a view across the bay
Montego Bay
2

keep/hold something at bay

to prevent something dangerous or unpleasant from happening or from coming too close:
A thick wall keeps the noise at bay.
3

area

an area within a large room or just outside a building that is used for a particular purpose:
a storage bay
loading bay
4

for cargo

the part of a ship or plane where things are stored:
the cargo bay
5

tree

also bay treeHBP a tree that has leaves which smell sweet and are often used in cooking
6

horse

HBADSH a horse that is a reddish brown colour
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