- The definition of a belay is something to which a person or rope is secured.
A large rock on a mountain is an example of a belay.
- Belay means to secure a rope around a person, pin or cleat.
An example of belay is to wrap a rope around a rock to support a mountain climber.
A woman belaying on a ropes course.
belay definition by Webster's New World
- to make (a rope) secure by winding around a belaying pin, cleat, piton, etc.; hold fast
- Naut., Informal
- to hold; stop: belay there!
- to cancel: belay the last order
- to secure (a person, as a mountain climber, or thing) by a rope
Origin: Middle English bileggen ; from Old English belecgan, to make fast ; from be-, be- plush lecgan, lay
belay definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb be·layed, be·lay·ing, be·lays verb, transitive
- Nautical To secure or make fast (a rope, for example) by winding on a cleat or pin.
- To secure (a mountain climber, for example) at the end of a length of rope.
- To cause to stop.
- To be made secure.
- Used in the imperative as an order to stop: Belay there!
- The securing of a rope on a rock or other projection during mountain climbing.
- An object, such as a rock, to which a mountain climber's rope can be secured.
Origin: Middle English bileggen, to surround, from Old English belecgan; see legh- in Indo-European roots.