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be•lay  (bi lā),USA pronunciation v.,  -layed, -lay•ing, n. 
v.t. 
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. (used chiefly in the imperative)
    • to cease (an action);
      stop.
    • to ignore (an announcement, order, etc.):Belay that, the meeting will be at 0900 instead of 0800.

v.i. 
  1. to belay a rope:Belay on that cleat over there.

n. 
  1. 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


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

belay /bɪˈleɪ/ vb ( -lays, -laying, -layed)
  1. to make fast (a line) by securing to a pin, cleat, or bitt
  2. (usually imperative) to stop; cease
  3. /ˈbiːˌleɪ/ to secure (a climber) to a mountain by tying the rope off round a rock spike, piton, nut, etc
n
  1. /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
Etymology: Old English belecgan; related to Old High German bileggen, Dutch beleggen



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