WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
(bi lā′),USA pronunciation v., -layed, -lay•ing, n. v.t.
- Nautical, Naval Termsto fasten (a rope) by winding around a pin or short rod inserted in a holder so that both ends of the rod are clear.
- Sport[Mountain Climbing.]
- to secure (a person) by attaching to one end of a rope.
- to secure (a rope) by attaching to a person or to an object offering stable support.
- (used chiefly in the imperative)
- to cease (an action);
- to ignore (an announcement, order, etc.):Belay that, the meeting will be at 0900 instead of 0800.
- to belay a rope:Belay on that cleat over there.
- Sport[Mountain Climbing.]a rock, bush, or other object sturdy enough for a running rope to be passed around it to secure a hold.
- Middle English beleggen, Old English belecgan. See be-, lay1 bef. 900
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belay /bɪˈleɪ/ vb ( -lays, -laying, -layed)
- to make fast (a line) by securing to a pin, cleat, or bitt
- (usually imperative) to stop; cease
- /ˈbiːˌleɪ/ to secure (a climber) to a mountain by tying the rope off round a rock spike, piton, nut, etc
Etymology: Old English belecgan; related to Old High German bileggen, Dutch beleggen
- /ˈbiːˌleɪ/ 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
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