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bay: see laurel; magnolia.
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A principal compartment or division in the architectural arrangement of a building, marked either by buttresses or pilasters in the wall, by the disposition of main arches and pillars, or by any repeated spatial units that separate it into corresponding portions.

cant bay

A bay erected on a canted outline.
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Seasonal decorations of greenery have embellished European Christmas celebrations for centuries. Laurel's association with the season can be traced back even further, however. The Romans celebrated their new year festival, Kalends, by adorning their homes and temples with evergreen branches. Both the Greeks and the Romans crowned the victors of their athletic and other contests with wreaths of laurel, since the laurel branch served as a symbol of victory. In later times northern Europeans gathered laurel, or bay, for their Christmas garlands. In the seventeenth century the English poet Robert Herrick (1591-1674) noted that, according to local custom, "Rosemary and baies [bays] that are most faire were stuck about the houses and the churches as Christmas decorations." Christian authorities explained this use of laurel with reference to its ancient association with victory, declaring that when used in Christmas trimmings the fragrant leaves represented the triumph of Jesus Christ.

Further Reading

Crippen, Thomas G. Christmas and Christmas Lore. 1923. Reprint. Detroit, Mich.: Omnigraphics, 1990.
Encyclopedia of Christmas and New Year's Celebrations, 2nd ed. © Omnigraphics, Inc. 2003
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a small part of a sea, gulf, lake, or reservoir separated from open water by areas of dry land. Local conditions determine the hydrological characteristics of a bay, which differ somewhat from the characteristics of the nearby waters. Usually bays form good harbors for vessels (Gelendzhik and Novorossiisk bays in the Black Sea, the Golden Horn in the Bosporus Strait, and other bays).

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What does it mean when you dream about a bay?

A body of water often represents the unconscious, so the shoreline of a bay indicates the threshold between conscious and unconscious. As an open semi-circle, a bay can also represent female sexuality. Additionally, it might refer to idioms such as to “keep one at bay.” (See also Beach).

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(aerospace engineering)
A space formed by structural partitions on an aircraft.
Division of a building between adjacent beams or columns.
Laurus nobilis. An evergreen tree of the laurel family.
(computer science)
One segment of an antenna array.
A housing used for equipment.
A body of water, smaller than a gulf and larger than a cove in a recess in the shoreline.
A narrow neck of water leading from the sea between two headlands.
A simple transient magnetic disturbance, usually an hour in duration, whose appearance on a magnetic record has the shape of a V or a bay of the sea.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


bay of an arcade
1. Within a structure, a regularly repeated spatial element defined by beams or ribs and their supports.
2. A protruded structure with a
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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


1. an alcove or recess in a wall
2. See bay window
3. a compartment in an aircraft, esp one used for a specified purpose
4. Nautical a compartment in the forward part of a ship between decks, often used as the ship's hospital
5. Brit a tracked recess in the platform of a railway station, esp one forming the terminus of a branch line


1. a small evergreen Mediterranean laurel, Laurus nobilis, with glossy aromatic leaves, used for flavouring in cooking, and small blackish berries
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
4. any of certain other trees or shrubs, esp bayberry


a. a moderate reddish-brown colour
b. (as adjective): a bay horse
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(As in an aeroplane "cargo bay") A space in a cabinet into which a device of a certain size can be physically mounted and connected to power and data.

Common examples are a "drive bay" into which a disk drive (usually either 3.5 inch or 5.25 inch) can be inserted or the space in a docking station where you insert a notebook computer or laptop computer to work as a desktop computer or to charge their batteries, print or connect to the office network, etc.
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Bay Networks

A networking products company formed in 1994 as a merger of SynOptics Communications, Santa Clara, CA and Wellfleet Communications, Billerica, MA. The name was derived from their locations: the California Bay and the Bay State. At the time of the merger, SynOptics was number #1 in hubs, and Wellfleet was number #2 in routers. In 1998, Nortel acquired Bay and made it a division of the company, then later absorbed it entirely. In addition to an extensive product line for enterprises and carriers, Bay Networks brought thousands of experienced IP professionals into Nortel. The acquisition so profoundly affected the company that it officially added "Networks" to its corporate identity to become "Nortel Networks." See Nortel Networks.

drive bay

A cavity for a disk drive in a computer cabinet. Drive bays today are typically 5.75" wide, which accommodate 5.25" optical drives and 5.25", 3.5" and 2.5" storage drives. See hard disk, SSD and Device Bay.

Half-Height vs. Full-Height
Drive bays today are "half-height" drives that are 1 5/8" high. The half-height designation is because the bays used to be 3.25" high ("full-height") to hold the floppy and hard drives in the first personal computers.

Four Half-Height Drive Bays
This computer has four half-height drive bays, three of which are empty below the DVD drive on top.

Full-Height Drives
CP/M computers in the early 1980s had two full-height drives. The first personal computer hard drives held 5MB. Today's entry-level smartphone has 3,000 times as much storage.
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The province previously supplied $96,000 to the City of Thunder Bay for a business plan used by Thunder Bay Fine Papers to search for investors.
Qualified architects can register online at the Cotton Bay Architecture Competition Web site architectural contest,
The primary pollutants plaguing the bay and its rivers are nitrogen and phosphorus--excess nutrients from fertilizer runoff and sewage treatment.
David's company is far from the only group to draw new comers during Bay Area National Dance Week.

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