- 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.Do You Actually Need a 1,000-Fill Down Jacket?|Ryan Wichelns|December 23, 2020|Outside Online
If you’re an experienced climber and comfortable with ropes, belays, and setting anchors, consider falls where you can legally climb and rappel.Your New Adventure Travel Bucket List|The Editors|December 21, 2020|Outside Online
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