- 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.
How to use belay in a sentence
For less intense sessions, like long standing belays, I found it cozy to layer under a puffy.Long-Term Review: One Year in Patagonia’s R1 Air Hoody|Jeremy Rellosa|February 19, 2021|Outside Online
The Zero G was warm enough as an ice-climbing belay jacket or a puffy for full-on winter backpacking up Montana’s Hyalite Canyon.
If you’re an experienced climber and comfortable with ropes, belays, and setting anchors, consider falls where you can legally climb and rappel.
The boy accordingly held on, avasted, and belayed until his companion had thought it out.The Garret and the Garden|R.M. Ballantyne
This split before it was belayed, from head to foot, right down, and 'Valkyrie's' chance had now gone.Yachting Vol. 2|Various.
He splashed his way up to the cabin bulkhead, where the halyards were belayed on cleats on either side, and let them run.The Rival Campers Afloat|Ruel Perley Smith
Ease off, or Ease away: To slacken out the fall of a tackle, sheet, or any rope that is belayed.The Sportswoman's Library, v. 2|Various
Mr Forbes, get the starboard fore-topmast staysail sheets aft and well belayed, if you please.The Cruise of the "Esmeralda"|Harry Collingwood