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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Example sentences from the Web for belay
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.
Standing bitt-heads through which the topsail-sheets lead, and to which they are belayed.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
Feeling his way along the rail, he found the end of the rope which was belayed around a wooden pin.Blackbeard: Buccaneer|Ralph D. Paine
The two fishermen jumped into the dory and Donald allowed the boat to drift astern and belayed the painter to the taffrail pin.The Viking Blood|Frederick William Wallace
As the last rope was belayed the skipper stepped to the skylight, peered down through it, and then turned and struck eight bells.Turned Adrift|Harry Collingwood
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