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Overview page. Subjects: Architecture.

[Ge]

Structural division in the length of a building or roof. The unit within a building between a pair of piers or buttresses; the division of a roof marked by its main trusses.

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bay

Edited by John Ayto.

in Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

January 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 84 words.

bay at the moon: see moon.

bay for blood demand punishment or retribution.

bring someone or something to bay

bay

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 80 words.

Bay Psalm Book the metrical version of the Psalms produced at Cambridge, Massachusetts (the Bay of Chancery) in 1640...

bay

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 124 words.

a wreath of leaves from the bay laurel or bay tree was the traditional way of marking recognition of the prowess of a victor or poet (...

bay

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 41 words.

barking of dogs in company XIII; chiefly (now only) in phr. (keep etc.) at bay, (bring,

Bay

Edited by Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 337 words.

1. A shrub of the Lauraceae family, Laurus nobilis, which is used for flavouring, was the bay of the

bay

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 23 words.

opening between columns, etc. XIV; recess XVI. — (O)F. baie, f. bayer, earlier baer, beer gape, stand

bay

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 23 words.

†berry XIV; bay tree, Laurus nobilis; pl. leaves of this made into a garland XVI. — (O)F. baie :-

bay

Julia Cresswell.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins

January 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 139 words.

[ME]

Hounds have bayed since the Middle Ages. Like *bark, the word probably imitates the sound. People can

bay

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 52 words.

bring someone to bay trap or corner a person or animal being hunted or chased. A medieval hunting term (Old French ...

Baily Lighthouse

Edited by Sean McMahon and Jo O'Donoghue.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

January 2006; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 114 words.

A lighthouse in Baily, near Howth Head in Co. Dublin. A warning beacon is said to have been lit on

Guantánamo Bay

Edited by Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 207 words.

A bay, located in Guantánamo Province on the southeast coast of Cuba, which is the site of the oldest overseas

Bay Islands

Edited by Tom McArthur, Jacqueline Lam-McArthur and Lise Fontaine.

in The Oxford Companion to the English Language

May 2018; p ublished online May 2018 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 69 words.

A group of coastal islands in the western Caribbean, constituting a department of Honduras. Population: 18,744 (1983). The Bay Islanders speak a ...

Bay of Pigs

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 101 words.

A bay on the southwest coast of Cuba, which on 17 April 1961 was the scene of an abortive invasion

Aboukir Bay, Battle of

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 36 words.

a naval battle in 1798 off Aboukir Bay at the mouth of the Nile, in which the British under Nelson defeated the French fleet. Also known as ...

bay

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 12 words.

reddish-brown. XIV. — (O)F. bai :- L. badius chestnut-coloured (of horses).

bay

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 12 words.

indentation of the sea. XIV. — (O)F. baie, of uncert. orig.

bay

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 22 words.

bark with a deep voice. XIV. Aphetic of †abaye — OF. abaiier (mod. aboyer), f. imit. base *

Baily’s beads

Edited by Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 62 words.

When, in an eclipse, the disc of the moon has reduced that of the sun to a thin crescent,

Tiger Bay

Edited by Sean McMahon and Jo O'Donoghue.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

January 2006; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 20 words.

Originally an area in dockland Cardiff; the name has been applied to a Loyalist enclave in North Belfast.

‘Dublin Bay’

Edited by Sean McMahon and Jo O'Donoghue.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

January 2006; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 79 words.

A song lyric written by Helen Selina, Lady Dufferin (see Helen's Tower) in appreciation of Dublin's magnificent