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[bey] /beɪ/
noun
1.
a deep, prolonged howl, as of a hound on the scent.
2.
the position or stand of an animal or fugitive that is forced to turn and resist pursuers because it is no longer possible to flee (usually preceded by at or to):
a stag at bay; to bring an escaped convict to bay.
3.
the situation of a person or thing that is forced actively to oppose or to succumb to some adverse condition (usually preceded by at or to).
4.
the situation of being actively opposed by an animal, person, etc., so as to be powerless to act fully (often preceded by at).
verb (used without object)
5.
to howl, especially with a deep, prolonged sound, as a hound on the scent.
verb (used with object)
6.
to assail with deep, prolonged howling:
a troubled hound baying the moon.
7.
to bring to or to hold at bay:
A dog bays its quarry.
Origin
dialectal Old French
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English, aphetic variant of abay < Anglo-French, dialectal Old French abai barking, noun derivative of abaier to bark, from an imitative base *bay-
Synonyms
5. roar, bellow, bark, bell, clamor.
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Examples from the web for baying
  • The stars had come out, and the only sound was of dogs baying in the distance.
  • Entering the town, you encounter a welcoming committee of baying dogs.
  • But it seems, at times, to be baying at the moon when it attacks global imbalances in the distribution of power and money.
  • Well-trained dogs stay on the tree, with their feet up, baying.
  • Hounds often hunt some distance from hunters, and their baying sound may also present a challenge to the territorial wolves.
  • Once they have found the scent, they begin trailing the animal, baying and loudly yowling.
British Dictionary definitions for baying

bay1

/beɪ/
noun
1.
a wide semicircular indentation of a shoreline, esp between two headlands or peninsulas
2.
an extension of lowland into hills that partly surround it
3.
(US) an extension of prairie into woodland
Word Origin
C14: from Old French baie, perhaps from Old French baer to gape, from Medieval Latin batāre to yawn

bay2

/beɪ/
noun
1.
an alcove or recess in a wall
2.
any partly enclosed compartment, as one in which hay is stored in a barn
3.
4.
an area off a road in which vehicles may park or unload, esp one adjacent to a shop, factory, etc
5.
a compartment in an aircraft, esp one used for a specified purpose: the bomb bay
6.
(nautical) a compartment in the forward part of a ship between decks, often used as the ship's hospital
7.
(Brit) a tracked recess in the platform of a railway station, esp one forming the terminus of a branch line
Word Origin
C14: from Old French baee gap or recess in a wall, from baer to gape; see bay1

bay3

/beɪ/
noun
1.
a deep howl or growl, esp of a hound on the scent
2.
at bay
  1. (of a person or animal) forced to turn and face attackers: the dogs held the deer at bay
  2. at a distance: to keep a disease at bay
3.
bring to bay, to force into a position from which retreat is impossible
verb
4.
(intransitive) to howl (at) in deep prolonged tones
5.
(transitive) to utter in a loud prolonged tone
6.
(transitive) to drive to or hold at bay
Word Origin
C13: from Old French abaiier to bark, of imitative origin

bay4

/beɪ/
noun
1.
Also called bay laurel, sweet bay. a small evergreen Mediterranean laurel, Laurus nobilis, with glossy aromatic leaves, used for flavouring in cooking, and small blackish berries See laurel (sense 1)
2.
any of various other trees with strongly aromatic leaves used in cooking, esp a member of the genera Myrica or Pimenta
3.
any of several magnolias See sweet bay
4.
any of certain other trees or shrubs, esp bayberry
5.
(pl) a wreath of bay leaves See laurel (sense 6)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French baie laurel berry, from Latin bāca berry

bay5

/beɪ/
noun
1.
  1. a moderate reddish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective): a bay horse
2.
an animal of this colour, esp a horse
Word Origin
C14: from Old French bai, from Latin badius
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Word Origin and History for baying

bay

n.

"inlet of the sea," c.1400, from Old French baie, Late Latin baia (c.640), perhaps ultimately from Iberian bahia.

"opening in a wall," late 14c. (especially bay window, early 15c.), from Old French baee "opening, hole, gulf," noun use of fem. past participle of bayer "to gape, yawn," from Medieval Latin batare "gape," perhaps of imitative origin. It is the bay in sick-bay.

"howl of a dog," early 14c., earlier "howling chorus raised (by hounds) when in contact with the hunted animal," c.1300, from Old French bayer, from PIE root *bai- echoic of howling (cf. Greek bauzein, Latin baubari "to bark," English bow-wow; cf. also bawl). From the hunting usage comes the transferred sense of "final encounter," and thence, on the notion of putting up an effective defense, at bay.

laurel shrub (Laurus nobilis, source of the bay leaf), late 14c., originally only of the berry, from Old French baie (12c.) "berry, seed," from Latin baca "berry." Extension to the shrub itself is from 1520s. The leaves or sprigs were woven as wreaths for conquerors or poets. Bayberry first recorded 1570s, after the original sense had shifted.

adj.

"reddish-brown," usually of horses, mid-14c., from Anglo-French bai (13c.), Old French bai, from Latin badius "chestnut-brown" (used only of horses), from PIE *badyo- "yellow, brown" (cf. Old Irish buide "yellow"). Also elliptical for a horse of this color.

v.

"to bark or howl (at)," late 14c., from bay (n.3). Related: Bayed; baying.

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baying in Science
bay
  (bā)   
  1. A body of water partially enclosed by land but having a wide outlet to the sea. A bay is usually smaller than a gulf.

  2. A space in the cabinet of a personal computer where a storage device, such as a disk drive or CD-ROM drive, can be installed.


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baying in the Bible

denotes the estuary of the Dead Sea at the mouth of the Jordan (Josh. 15:5; 18:19), also the southern extremity of the same sea (15:2). The same Hebrew word is rendered "tongue" in Isa. 11:15, where it is used with reference to the forked mouths of the Nile. Bay in Zech. 6:3, 7 denotes the colour of horses, but the original Hebrew means strong, and is here used rather to describe the horses as fleet or spirited.

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Idioms and Phrases with baying

bay

see: at bay
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