• Verb:
    • (British) IPA: /ˈbiːleɪ/, (America) IPA: /bɪˈleɪ/
  • Noun:
    • IPA: /ˈbiːleɪ/

belay (belays, present participle belaying; past and past participle belayed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To surround; environ; enclose.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To overlay; adorn.
    • jacket […] belayed with silver lace
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To besiege; invest; surround.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To lie in wait for in order to attack; block up or obstruct.
  5. (nautical, ambitransitive) To make (a rope) fast by turning it around a fastening point such as a cleat or piton.
  6. (transitive) 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.
  7. (transitive) To lay aside; stop; cancel.
    I could only hope the remaining piton would belay his fall.
    Belay that order!
  8. (intransitive, nautical) The general command to stop or cease.
Translations Translations
  • German: beenden
  • Russian: отставить
  • German: sichern
  • Russian: страховать

belay (plural belays)

  1. (climbing) The securing of a rope to a rock or other projection.
  2. (climbing) The object to which a rope is secured.
  3. (climbing) A location at which a climber stops and builds an anchor with which to secure their partner.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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