I. verb (belayed; belaying) Etymology: Middle English beleggen to beset, from Old English belecgan, from be- + lecgan to lay Date: 1549 transitive verb 1. a. to secure (as a rope) by turns around a cleat, pin, or bitt b. to make fast 2. stop 3. a. to secure (a person) at the end of a rope b. to secure (a rope) to a person or object intransitive verb 1. to be made fast 2. stop, quit — used in the imperative <
belay there
3. to make a line fast by turns around a cleat, pin, or bitt • belayer noun II. noun Date: 1908 1. the securing of a person or a safety rope to an anchor point (as during mountain climbing); also a method of so securing a person or rope 2. something (as a projection of rock) to which a person or rope is anchored

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  • belay — [ bi:leɪ, bɪ leɪ] verb 1》 fix (a rope) round a rock, pin, or other object to secure it. 2》 secure (a rock climber) using a belay. 3》 nautical slang stop! noun 1》 an act of belaying. 2》 a spike of rock or other object used for belaying.… …   English new terms dictionary

  • belay — be•lay [[t]bɪˈleɪ[/t]] v. t. 1) naut. navig. to fasten (a rope) by winding around a pin or short rod 2) spo a) to secure (a person) by one end of a rope b) to secure (a rope) by attaching to a person or to an object 3) to belay a rope 4) (used… …   From formal English to slang

  • belay — v. & n. v. 1 tr. fix (a running rope) round a cleat, pin, rock, etc., to secure it. 2 tr. & intr. (usu. in imper.) Naut. sl. stop; enough! (esp. belay there!). n. 1 an act of belaying. 2 a spike of rock etc. used for belaying. Phrases and idioms …   Useful english dictionary

  • belay — 1. verb a) To make (a rope) fast by turning it round a cleat or belaying pin. b) To secure a climber by tying the rope to any available fastening point. 2 …   Wiktionary

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