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belay

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verb be·lay \bi-ˈlā, bē-\

Definition of belay

belayed

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belaying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to secure (as a rope) by turns around a cleat (see 1cleat 1b), pin, or bitt <He showed us how to belay a rope.>b :  to make fast :  to fasten down <belaying ammunition on deck>

  3. 2 nautical :  stop, cancel <belay that last order>

  4. 3a :  to secure (a person) at the end of a rope <belay a climber> < … belaying each other over the difficult places. — National Geographic>b :  to secure (a rope) to a person or object

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to be made fast <knowing where each rope belays on deck>

  7. 2 nautical :  stop, quit —used in the imperative <belay there>

  8. 3 :  to make a line (see 1line 1) fast by turns around a cleat, pin, or bitt

belayer

play \-ər\ noun

Examples of belay in a sentence

  1. The climber belayed the rope.

Origin and Etymology of belay

Middle English beleggen to beset, from Old English belecgan, from be- + lecgan to lay


First Known Use: circa 1550


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belay

noun be·lay

Definition of belay

  1. 1 :  the securing of a person or a safety rope to an anchor point (as during mountain climbing) <Belays are more difficult to secure on ice and snow than on rock … — Kenneth A. Henderson>; also :  a method of so securing a person or rope

  2. 2 :  something (as a projection of rock) to which a person or rope is anchored

Origin and Etymology of belay

noun derivative of 1belay


First Known Use: 1905


BELAY Defined for English Language Learners

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belay

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verb be·lay \bi-ˈlā, bē-\

Definition of belay for English Language Learners

  • : to attach (a rope) to something so that it is secure : to attach a secure rope to (a person) for safety

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