From Middle English beleggen, bileggen, from Old English beleċġan (“to cover, invest, surround, afflict, attribute to, charge with, accuse”), From Proto-West Germanic *bilaggjan, equivalent to be- (“about, around”) + lay. Cognate with Dutch beleggen (“to cover, overlay, belay”), German belegen (“to cover, occupy, belay”), Swedish belägga (“to pave”).
- (transitive, intransitive, nautical) To make (a rope) fast by turning it around a fastening point such as a cleat.
- (transitive, climbing) To handle a climbing rope to prevent (a climber) from falling to the ground.
- He would need an experienced partner to belay him on the difficult climbs.
- (transitive) To lay aside; stop; cancel.
- I could only hope the remaining piton would belay his fall.
- Belay that order!
- (intransitive, nautical) The general command to stop or cease.
- (transitive, obsolete) To surround; environ; enclose.
- (transitive, obsolete) To overlay; adorn.
- (transitive, obsolete) To besiege; invest; surround.
- (transitive, obsolete) To lie in wait for in order to attack; block up or obstruct.
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belay (plural belays)
- (climbing) The securing of a rope to a rock or other projection.
- (climbing) The object to which a rope is secured.
- (climbing) A location at which a climber stops and builds an anchor with which to secure their partner.
- 1967, Anthony Greenbank, Instructions in Mountaineering, page 84:
- But instead of swapping over at the ice axe belay, you carry on in the lead, cutting or kicking steps until you are about twenty feet above.
- simple past of
- “belay”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- “belay”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.