1. something to which a mountain climber's rope can be secured
1. turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or him
2. fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleat
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Belay \Be*lay"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Belaid, Belayed; p. pr.
& vb. n. Belaying.] [For senses 1 & 2, D. beleggen to
cover, belay; akin to E. pref. be-, and lay to place: for
sense 3, OE. beleggen, AS. belecgan. See pref. Be-, and
Lay to place.]
1. To lay on or cover; to adorn. [Obs.]
Jacket . . . belayed with silver lace. --Spenser.
2. (Naut.) To make fast, as a rope, by taking several turns
with it round a pin, cleat, or kevel. --Totten.
3. To lie in wait for with a view to assault. Hence: to block
up or obstruct. [Obs.] --Dryden.
Belay thee! Stop.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: something to which a mountain climber's rope can be secured
v 1: turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it
2: fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleat
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
57 Moby Thesaurus words for "belay":
abandon, abort, affix, anchor, annex, attach, batten, batten down,
cancel, cease, cement, chain, cinch, clamp, clinch, cramp,
cut it out, desist, discontinue, drop it, end, engraft, fasten,
fasten down, fix, give over, graft, grapple, halt, have done with,
hold, knit, knock it off, lay off, leave off, make fast,
make secure, make sure, moor, put to, quit, refrain, relinquish,
renounce, screw up, scrub, secure, set, set to, stay, stop,
terminate, tether, tie, tighten, trice up, trim