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BAY. Is an enclosure to keep in the water for the supply of a mill or other contrivance, so that the water may be able to, drive the wheels of such mill. Stat. 27 Eliz. c. 19.
     2. A large open water or harbor where ships may ride, is also called a bay; as, the Chesapeake Bay, the, Bay of New York.

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National groups and local activists, of which I was one, seemed to be holding at bay the book burners, anti-abortionists, militarists, and a host of fellow travelers.
Ken Anderberg, editor of Business Atlanta magazine, maintains Martin "will have to soothe the neighborhood activists who fear for the future of their homes, while holding at bay those people who would simple level those neighborhoods.