Sick bay

Sick bay
Bay Bay, n. [F. baie, fr. LL. baia. Of uncertain origin: cf. Ir. & Gael. badh or bagh bay, harbor, creek; Bisc. baia, baiya, harbor, and F. bayer to gape, open the mouth.] 1. (Geog.) An inlet of the sea, usually smaller than a gulf, but of the same general character. [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is not used with much precision, and is often applied to large tracts of water, around which the land forms a curve; as, Hudson's Bay. The name is not restricted to tracts of water with a narrow entrance, but is used for any recess or inlet between capes or headlands; as, the Bay of Biscay. [1913 Webster]

2. A small body of water set off from the main body; as a compartment containing water for a wheel; the portion of a canal just outside of the gates of a lock, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. A recess or indentation shaped like a bay. [1913 Webster]

4. A principal compartment of the walls, roof, or other part of a building, or of the whole building, as marked off by the buttresses, vaulting, mullions of a window, etc.; one of the main divisions of any structure, as the part of a bridge between two piers. [1913 Webster]

5. A compartment in a barn, for depositing hay, or grain in the stalks. [1913 Webster]

6. A kind of mahogany obtained from Campeachy Bay. [1913 Webster]

{Sick bay}, in vessels of war, that part of a deck appropriated to the use of the sick. --Totten. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Sick bay — Sick Sick, a. [Compar. {Sicker}; superl. {Sickest}.] [OE. sek, sik, ill, AS. se[ o]c; akin to OS. siok, seoc, OFries. siak, D. ziek, G. siech, OHG. sioh, Icel. sj?kr, Sw. sjuk, Dan. syg, Goth. siuks ill, siukan to be ill.] 1. Affected with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sick bay — is a nautical term for the compartment in a ship used for medical purposes. The term is also applied ashore by the United States Navy and Marine Corps to treatment clinics on naval stations and Marine bases.On Royal Navy ships, the sick bay is… …   Wikipedia

  • sick bay — n a compartment in a ship used as a dispensary and hospital broadly a place for the care of the sick or injured * * * (sik ba) hospital and dispensary quarters on a naval vessel or station …   Medical dictionary

  • sick bay — sick′ bay n. naut. navig. a hospital or dispensary, esp. aboard ship • Etymology: 1805–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • sick bay — n. a hospital and dispensary, esp. on board ship …   English World dictionary

  • sick bay — noun or sick berth 1. : a compartment in a ship (as a warship or transport) used as a dispensary and hospital 2. : a place (as a ward in a hospital or the infirmary of a school) restricted to the care of the sick or injured opened sick bays and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sick-bay — see sick bay …   English dictionary

  • sick bay — noun Date: 1813 a compartment in a ship used as a dispensary and hospital; broadly a place for the care of the sick or injured …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sick bay — /ˈsɪk beɪ/ (say sik bay) noun a hospital, infirmary, or room set aside for the treatment of people taken ill, as on a ship or in a school, office building, etc …  

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