If led on board, it should be stopped down to the heel of the shank with a rotten stop and belayed with plenty of slack.
Murphy and Hennesey nippered the falls at the pinrail, and belayed when they slacked.
Cleet, fixed to the "rail," either with screws or nails, to which the lines are belayed.
Then I belayed the fall securely to one of a pair of cleats, and approached him.
Then, quick as thought, I belayed the windlass and lowered a gaff.
The fore and afters were the ropes secured to the side corners, and they, on being hauled taut and belayed, held it out square.
The two fishermen jumped into the dory and Donald allowed the boat to drift astern and belayed the painter to the taffrail pin.
As the last rope was belayed the skipper stepped to the skylight, peered down through it, and then turned and struck eight bells.
Davies had belayed the painter, and now had to explain the origin of the mizzen.
As soon as the halliards were belayed and coiled down, the capstan-bars were manned again, and the anchor weighed.
from Old English bilecgan, which, among other senses, meant "to lay a thing about" (with other objects), from be- + lecgan "to lay" (see lay (v.)). The only surviving sense is the nautical one of "coil a running rope round a cleat or pin to secure it" (also transferred to mountain-climbing), first attested 1540s; but this is possibly a cognate word, from Dutch beleggen.