Belay definition

bĭ-lā
A system of ropes and anchors by which a climber is belayed.
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To cause to stop.
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To cancel.

Belay the last order.

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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.

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To provide security to (a climber) by paying out or drawing in rope, often through a braking device, in readiness to break a potential fall.
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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.

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(nautical) To secure or make fast (a rope, for example) by winding on a cleat or pin.
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To be made secure.
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Used in the imperative as an order to stop.

Belay there!

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To make (a rope) secure by winding around a belaying pin, cleat, piton, etc.; hold fast.
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To secure (a person, as a mountain climber, or thing) by a rope.
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To hold; stop.

Belay there!

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Action, method, or place of securing a hold for a rope in mountain climbing.
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To make (a rope) fast by turning it round a fastening point such as a cleat or piton.
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To secure (a person) to a rope or (a rope) to a person.

He would need an experienced partner to belay him on the difficult climbs.

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To lay aside; stop; cancel.

I could only hope the remaining piton would belay his fall.

Belay that order!

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(intransitive, nautical) The general command to stop or cease.
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(intransitive, nautical) To make a line fast by turns around a cleat, pin, or bitt.
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(climbing) The securing of a rope to a rock or other projection.
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(climbing) The object to which a rope is secured.
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(climbing) A location at which a climber stops and builds an anchor with which to secure his/or her partner.
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The act of belaying a climber.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
belay
Plural:
belays

Origin of belay

  • Middle English bileggen to surround from Old English belecgan legh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English beleggen, bileggen, from Old English belecgan (“to cover, invest, surround, afflict, attribute to, charge with, accuse”), equivalent to be- +‎ lay. Cognate with Dutch beleggen (“to cover, overlay, belay”), German belegen (“to cover, occupy, belay”), Swedish belägga (“to pave”).

    From Wiktionary