verb (used with object), be·layed, be·lay·ing.
- to secure (a person) by attaching to one end of a rope.
- to secure (a rope) by attaching to a person or to an object offering stable support.
- to cease (an action); stop.
- to ignore (an announcement, order, etc.): Belay that, the meeting will be at 0900 instead of 0800.
verb (used without object), be·layed, be·lay·ing.
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In 1981, using ropes and a belay, filmmaker Eric Perlman and skier Bob Bellman descended the Cables Route.
Your brother, in my humble opinion, is the most capable and the best-hearted man that I ever knew and—” “Belay!The Viking Blood|Frederick William Wallace
Away went the sloop, steadying her bow-lines; the call piping belay, as each sail was trimmed to the officer of the deck's fancy.Miles Wallingford|James Fenimore Cooper
Belay the binnacle and part the ship's periwig abaft the main-mast!Lochinvar|S. R. Crockett
When they had hoisted the unconscious Tom to the gaff, Swarth ordered: "Belay, coil up the fall, and go forrard.""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea|Morgan Robertson
"You belay," remarked the Captain, turning towards the vermin of Law with profound disdain.The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 3 of 3|George Augustus Sala