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  1. present participle of bay
    The mob approached the castle, baying for royal blood.


baying (plural bayings)

  1. Action of the verb to bay; howling.
    She quickly grew weary of the beast's constant baying.
  2. An instance of baying; a howl.
    • 1877, Homer, translated by C. B. Cayley, The Iliad, book XXI
      Soon as he hears bayings, and is not alarm'd nor affrighted...
    • 1880, Mark Twain, chapter 24, in A Tramp Abroad[1]:
      ...the distressed bayings of his dogs, ...
    • 1885, ed. by Charles Dickens, Jr, "The Dogs of War" in All the Year Round, Volume XXXVI
      And the thrill which their ill-omened bayings send through people at large is a measure of the state of tension in which the general mind is held.
    • 1907, Seneca, translated by Frank Justus Miller, Hercules Furens Act III
      Who, tossing back and forth his triple heads,/ With mighty bayings watches o'er the realm.