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v. be·layed, be·lay·ing, be·lays
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.
1. To be made secure.
2. Used in the imperative as an order to stop: Belay there!
1. The act of belaying a climber.
2. A system of ropes and anchors by which a climber is belayed.
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
(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]
1. to fasten (a rope) by winding around a pin or short rod.
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 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]
Past participle: belayed
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|Noun||1.||belay - something to which a mountain climber's rope can be secured|
|Verb||1.||belay - turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or him|
|2.||belay - fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleat|
1. To prevent the occurrence or continuation of a movement, action, or operation: