Definition of embay in US English:



[with object]usually be embayed
  • 1(chiefly of the wind) confine (a sailing vessel) to a bay.

    ‘ships were embayed between two headlands’
    1. 1.1as adjective embayed Formed into bays; hollowed out by or as if by the sea.
      ‘the embayed island’
    2. 1.2Geology Enclose (something) in a recess or hollow.
      • ‘This landslide material was then embayed by lava when the central caldera was flooded.’
      • ‘The great escarpment is embayed by major valleys, and a belt of mountains lies between it and the coastal plain.’
      • ‘However, the increased abundance of monazite in Zones III, IV and V relative to Zone I and its occurrence in clusters rather than as embayed grains arc suggestive of new growth.’
      • ‘Some quartz phenocrysts are very irregular in form, strongly corroded and embayed, others are idiomorphic with bipyramidal habit.’
      • ‘These landslides were embayed by the lava that flooded the central caldera floor.’