Belay means to secure a rope around a person, pin or cleat.(verb)
An example of belay is to wrap a rope around a rock to support a mountain climber.
The definition of a belay is something to which a person or rope is secured.(noun)
A large rock on a mountain is an example of a belay.
See belay in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME bileggen < OE belecgan, to make fast < be-, be- + lecgan, lay
See belay in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb be·layed, be·lay·ing, be·lays verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English bileggen, to surround
Origin: , from Old English belecgan; see legh- in Indo-European roots.
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