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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Finally Tugg sang out to Pedro to belay the work he and the crew were engaged in, and to lower a boat again.Swept Out to Sea|W. Bertram Foster
"Avast, and belay there with a double turn, goodman host," exclaimed the Captain.The Knight of the Golden Melice|John Turvill Adams
"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
By the time a voice on board her cried, "Belay," faintly, she had gone from my sight.Romance|Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Pass the cat-stopper through the ring of the anchor, through the chock, belay it to the cat-tail, and seize it to its own part.The Seaman's Friend|Richard Henry Dana