from The Century Dictionary.

  • Forming, or formed in, a bay or recess. Also spelled imbayed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of embay.
  • adjective Enclosed in (or as though in) a bay; harboured.
  • adjective Of water: formed into a bay or bays.


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  • There is plenty of scrupulously rendered period detail, as when L'Aurore approaches its destination and we're told that "they were coming up with Cape Hangklip: it was sometimes confused with the real Cape, out of sight on the other side, and unwary westbound ships thinking to turn up for the final run north would similarly find themselves embayed, hence the name—False Bay."

    At Journey's End, a Ship of the Line

  • The Elsinore was embayed in a tiny universe of mist and sea.


  • He gets embayed with Portland-he can't help but go ashore if he goes that way, somewhere near Bridport.

    Movie Night

  • Herself the only daughter of a struggling man of letters, she had during the last year or two taken to writing poems, in an endeavour to find a congenial channel in which to let flow her painfully embayed emotions, whose former limpidity and sparkle seemed departing in the stagnation caused by the routine of a practical household and the gloom of bearing children to a commonplace father.

    Wessex Tales

  • The sea, rolling direct from the shores of North America, has in fact eaten a chasm into the middle of a hill, and the giant, embayed and unobtrusive, stands in the rear of pigmy supporters.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • He had come back from the window, and was standing close to her, who, in the curve of her grand piano, was, as it were, embayed.

    To Let

  • Indian shore; but in the other there is no outlet at all, and it is in vain to strive against the current; so that of course he must be embayed, and run chuck upon a lee-shore.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • In a deep embayed window of leaded glass Mistress Yordas and her widowed sister sat for an hour, without many words, watching the zigzag of shale and rock which formed their chief communication with the peopled world.

    Mary Anerley

  • The like is the danger to ships going northward, if after passing by Winterton they are taken short with a north-east wind, and cannot put back into the Roads, which very often happens, then they are driven upon the same coast, and embayed just as the latter.

    A Tour through the Eastern Counties of England, 1722

  • A steep headland springing from a ledge of rock on the north, and a broad, embayed-based flat converging into an obtruding sand-spit to the west, enclose a bay scarcely half a mile from one horn to the other, the sheet of water almost a perfect crescent, with the rocky islet of Purtaboi, plumed with trees, to indicate the circumference of a circle.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber


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  • "'There was a reef on the far side and in avoiding it we became embayed—a lee-shore in a strong gale—heavy seas, tide and current all setting us in—grapnel coming home...'"

    --P. O'Brian, The Wine-Dark Sea, 194

    March 16, 2008