Definitions for belaybɪˈleɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to fasten (a rope) by winding around a pin or short rod.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. to secure (a person) by one end of a rope. to secure (a rope) by attaching to a person or to an object.

    Category: Sport

  3. (v.i.)to belay a rope.

  4. (used chiefly in the imperative) to stop; cease; quit.

  5. (n.)something, as a rock or bush, sturdy enough to anchor a rope in mountain climbing.

    Category: Sport

Origin of belay:

bef. 900; ME beleggen, OE belecgan

Princeton's WordNet

  1. belay(verb)

    something to which a mountain climber's rope can be secured

  2. belay(verb)

    turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or him

  3. belay(verb)

    fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleat


  1. belay(Noun)

    The securing of a rope to a rock or other projection.

  2. belay(Noun)

    The object to which a rope is secured.

  3. belay(Noun)

    A location at which a climber stops and builds an anchor with which to secure his/or her partner.

  4. belay(Verb)

    To surround; environ; inclose.

  5. belay(Verb)

    To overlay; adorn.

  6. belay(Verb)

    To besiege; invest; surround.

  7. belay(Verb)

    To lie in wait for in order to attack; block up or obstruct.

  8. belay(Verb)

    To make (a rope) fast by turning it round a fastening point such as a cleat or piton.

  9. belay(Verb)

    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.

  10. belay(Verb)

    To stop; cancel.

  11. belay(Verb)

    To make a line fast by turns around a cleat, pin, or bitt.

  12. Origin: From beleggen, bileggen, from belecgan, equivalent to . Cognate with beleggen, belegen, belägga.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Belay(verb)

    to lay on or cover; to adorn

  2. Belay(verb)

    to make fast, as a rope, by taking several turns with it round a pin, cleat, or kevel

  3. Belay(verb)

    to lie in wait for with a view to assault. Hence: to block up or obstruct


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