bay3 /beɪ/


I. noun

1. a space created by a window line projecting outwards from a wall.
2. a section of wall between two buttresses or columns, especially in the nave of a church.
3. [with modifier] a compartment with a specified function in a vehicle, aircraft, or ship

a bomb bay.
4. an area specially allocated or marked off

a loading bay.
5. (also bay platform)
(Brit.) a short terminal platform at a railway station also having through lines.
– origin late Middle English: from Old French baie, from baer ‘to gape’, from medieval Latin batare, of unknown origin.

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