bay
   1) [ coast ]
    a) A wide, curving open indentation, recess, or arm of a sea (e.g., Chesapeake Bay) or lake (e.g., Green Bay, WI) into the land or between two capes or headlands, larger than a cove [ coast ], and usually smaller than, but of the same general character as, a gulf.
    b) A large tract of water that penetrates into the land and around which the land forms a broad curve. By international agreement a bay is a water body having a baymouth that is less than 24 nautical miles wide and an area that is equal to or greater than the area of a semicircle whose diameter is equal to the width of the bay mouth.
   Compare: gulf.
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   2) [ geom. ]
    a) Any terrestrial formation resembling a bay of the sea, as a recess or extension of lowland along a river valley or within a curve in a range of hills.
    b) A Carolina Bay.
   GG & GSST

Glossary of landform and geologic terms. 2013.

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