- 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.
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When she realizes what happened, she’s hanging on the rope just above the belay ledge, blood pouring down her face and into her eyes.Emily Harrington Made History on El Cap. She’s Still Ascending.|jversteegh|July 26, 2021|Outside Online
If you see me out there after I set out in August, don’t be scared to ask if you can share my fire, give me a belay, or just cruise in tandem for a bit.
There are also plenty of easier climbs just outside of the gorge, such as the waterside cliffs that line Summersville Lake, 18 miles northeast from the park, where you can climb using a pontoon boat as your belay station.The Ultimate New River Gorge National Park Travel Guide|awise|July 19, 2021|Outside Online
I also like it as part of a resort layering system for low-octane hikes, cold belays, and as a shoulder-season piece for adventures that might involve a little chill and precipitation.Long-Term Review: These Are the Best Women's Fleeces|Anna Callaghan|April 13, 2021|Outside Online
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