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be·lay

 (bĭ-lā′)
v. be·layed, be·lay·ing, be·lays
v.tr.
1. Nautical To secure or make fast (a rope, for example) by winding on a cleat or pin.
2. To provide security to (a climber) by paying out or drawing in rope, often through a braking device, in readiness to break a potential fall.
3. To cause to stop.
v.intr.
1. To be made secure.
2. Used in the imperative as an order to stop: Belay there!
n.
1. The act of belaying a climber.
2. A system of ropes and anchors by which a climber is belayed.

[Middle English bileggen, to surround, from Old English belecgan; see legh- in Indo-European roots.]

belay

(bɪˈleɪ)
vb, -lays, -laying or -layed
1. (Nautical Terms) nautical to make fast (a line) by securing to a pin, cleat, or bitt
2. (Nautical Terms) (usually imperative) nautical to stop; cease
3. (Mountaineering) mountaineering to secure (a climber) to a mountain by tying the rope off round a rock spike, piton, nut, etc
n
(Mountaineering) mountaineering the attachment (of a climber) to a mountain by tying the rope off round a rock spike, piton, nut, etc, to safeguard the party in the event of a fall. See also running belay
[Old English belecgan; related to Old High German bileggen, Dutch beleggen]

be•lay

(bɪˈleɪ)
v.t.
1. to fasten (a rope) by winding around a pin or short rod.
2.
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.
v.i.
3. to belay a rope.
4. (used chiefly in the imperative) to stop; cease; quit.
n.
5. something, as a rock or bush, sturdy enough to anchor a rope in mountain climbing.
[before 900; Middle English beleggen, Old English belecgan]

belay


Past participle: belayed
Gerund: belaying

Imperative
belay
belay
Present
I belay
you belay
he/she/it belays
we belay
you belay
they belay
Preterite
I belayed
you belayed
he/she/it belayed
we belayed
you belayed
they belayed
Present Continuous
I am belaying
you are belaying
he/she/it is belaying
we are belaying
you are belaying
they are belaying
Present Perfect
I have belayed
you have belayed
he/she/it has belayed
we have belayed
you have belayed
they have belayed
Past Continuous
I was belaying
you were belaying
he/she/it was belaying
we were belaying
you were belaying
they were belaying
Past Perfect
I had belayed
you had belayed
he/she/it had belayed
we had belayed
you had belayed
they had belayed
Future
I will belay
you will belay
he/she/it will belay
we will belay
you will belay
they will belay
Future Perfect
I will have belayed
you will have belayed
he/she/it will have belayed
we will have belayed
you will have belayed
they will have belayed
Future Continuous
I will be belaying
you will be belaying
he/she/it will be belaying
we will be belaying
you will be belaying
they will be belaying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been belaying
you have been belaying
he/she/it has been belaying
we have been belaying
you have been belaying
they have been belaying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been belaying
you will have been belaying
he/she/it will have been belaying
we will have been belaying
you will have been belaying
they will have been belaying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been belaying
you had been belaying
he/she/it had been belaying
we had been belaying
you had been belaying
they had been belaying
Conditional
I would belay
you would belay
he/she/it would belay
we would belay
you would belay
they would belay
Past Conditional
I would have belayed
you would have belayed
he/she/it would have belayed
we would have belayed
you would have belayed
they would have belayed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.belay - something to which a mountain climber's rope can be securedbelay - something to which a mountain climber's rope can be secured
outcrop, outcropping, rock outcrop - the part of a rock formation that appears above the surface of the surrounding land
Verb1.belay - turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or himbelay - turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or him
fasten, fix, secure - cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man"
2.belay - fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleatbelay - fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleat
fasten, fix, secure - cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man"

belay

verb
1. To prevent the occurrence or continuation of a movement, action, or operation:
2. To come to a cessation:
Translations

belay

[bɪˈleɪ] VTamarrar (dando vueltas en una cabilla)

belay

vt (Naut) → belegen, festmachen; (Mountaineering) → sichern
interj (Naut) belay thereaufhören

belay

[bɪˈleɪ] vt & vi (Mountaineering) → assicurare
References in classic literature ?
A belaying pin is found too large to be easily inserted into its hole: the carpenter claps it into one of his ever-ready vices, and straightway files it smaller.
He knew, or at least he used, but two arguments in his dealings with them--a belaying pin and a revolver--nor is it likely that the motley aggregation he signed would have understood aught else.
On the second day after the wounding of Black Michael, Clayton came on deck just in time to see the limp body of one of the crew being carried below by four of his fellows while the first mate, a heavy belaying pin in his hand, stood glowering at the little party of sullen sailors.
I used the iron belaying pin that appeared in the evidence.
And it won't be with an iron belaying pin either, Just two bunches of naked knuckles, that's all."
And if the second mate hap- pened to be there (he had generally one day in three free of fever) I would find him sitting on the skylight half senseless, as it were, and with an idiotic gaze fastened on some object near by--a rope, a cleat, a belaying pin, a ringbolt.