meaning of belay

belay meaning in General Dictionary

To lay-on or protect to decorate

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  • turn a rope round an object or individual being secure it or him
  • fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleat
  • anything to which a mountain climber's line is secured
  • To lay-on or cover; to adorn.
  • To make fast, as a rope, by taking a few turns with itu000du000a round a pin, cleat, or kevel.
  • To lay in watch for with a view to assault. Ergo: to block up or impair.

belay meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"to secure or fasten," from Old English bilecgan, which, among various other sensory faculties, implied "to set a thing about" (with other things), from be- + lecgan "to set" (see lay (v.)). The only surviving feeling may be the nautical among "coil a running rope round a cleat or pin to secure it" (also used in mountain-climbing), very first attested 1540s; but this is perhaps a cognate term, from Dutch beleggen.


belay meaning in Sports Dictionary

Is a safety measure that anchors the climbers in case of a fall occurring. (sport: security precautions)

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  • a significant protection measure that anchors the climbers in case a fall takes place. (sport: Mountaineering)
  • acquiring a rope around a cleat in figure-of-eight turns. (sport: Yachting)

belay meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To lay on or protect; to decorate.

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  • (v. t.) To create fast, as a rope, if you take several turns with-it round a pin, cleat, or kevel.
  • (v. t.) To rest in watch for with a view to assault. Thus: to prevent up or impair.