Meaning of BELAY in English


/bi lay"/ , v. , belayed, belaying , n.


1. Naut. to fasten (a rope) by winding around a pin or short rod inserted in a holder so that both ends of the rod are clear.

2. Mountain Climbing.

a. to secure (a person) by attaching to one end of a rope.

b. to secure (a rope) by attaching to a person or to an object offering stable support.

3. (used chiefly in the imperative)

a. to cease (an action); stop.

b. to ignore (an announcement, order, etc.): Belay that, the meeting will be at 0900 instead of 0800.


4. to belay a rope: Belay on that cleat over there.


5. Mountain Climbing. a rock, bush, or other object sturdy enough for a running rope to be passed around it to secure a hold.

[ bef. 900; ME beleggen, OE belecgan. See BE-, LAY 1 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .