Definitions for belaybɪˈleɪ
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to fasten (a rope) by winding around a pin or short rod.
Category: Nautical, Navy
to secure (a person) by one end of a rope. to secure (a rope) by attaching to a person or to an object.
(v.i.)to belay a rope.
(used chiefly in the imperative) to stop; cease; quit.
(n.)something, as a rock or bush, sturdy enough to anchor a rope in mountain climbing.
Origin of belay:
bef. 900; ME beleggen, OE belecgan
something to which a mountain climber's rope can be secured
turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or him
fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleat
The securing of a rope to a rock or other projection.
The object to which a rope is secured.
A location at which a climber stops and builds an anchor with which to secure his/or her partner.
To surround; environ; inclose.
To overlay; adorn.
To besiege; invest; surround.
To lie in wait for in order to attack; block up or obstruct.
To make (a rope) fast by turning it round a fastening point such as a cleat or piton.
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.
To stop; cancel.
To make a line fast by turns around a cleat, pin, or bitt.
Origin: From beleggen, bileggen, from belecgan, equivalent to . Cognate with beleggen, belegen, belägga.
to lay on or cover; to adorn
to make fast, as a rope, by taking several turns with it round a pin, cleat, or kevel
to lie in wait for with a view to assault. Hence: to block up or obstruct