Belayed

belay

[bih-ley]
verb (used with object), belayed, belaying.
1.
Nautical. to fasten (a rope) by winding around a pin or short rod inserted in a holder so that both ends of the rod are clear.
2.
Mountain Climbing.
a.
to secure (a person) by attaching to one end of a rope.
b.
to secure (a rope) by attaching to a person or to an object offering stable support.
3.
a.
to cease (an action); stop.
b.
to ignore (an announcement, order, etc.): Belay that, the meeting will be at 0900 instead of 0800.
verb (used without object), belayed, belaying.
4.
to belay a rope: Belay on that cleat over there.
noun
5.
Mountain Climbing. a rock, bush, or other object sturdy enough for a running rope to be passed around it to secure a hold.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English beleggen, Old English belecgan. See be-, lay1

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belay (bɪˈleɪ)
 
vb , -lays, -laying, -layed
1.  nautical to make fast (a line) by securing to a pin, cleat, or bitt
2.  (usually imperative) nautical to stop; cease
3.  mountaineering to secure (a climber) to a mountain by tying the rope off round a rock spike, piton, nut, etc
 
n
4.  mountaineering See also running belay the attachment (of a climber) to a mountain by tying the rope off round a rock spike, piton, nut, etc, to safeguard the party in the event of a fall
 
[Old English belecgan; related to Old High German bileggen, Dutch beleggen]

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belay
O.E. bilecgan, among other senses, "to lay a thing about" (with other objects), from be- + lecgan "to lay" (see lay). The only surviving sense is the nautical one of "coil a running rope round a cleat or pin to secure it" (also transferred to mountain-climbing), first attested
1540s; but this is possibly a cognate word, from Du. beleggen.
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