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belay


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  belay 
  n  :  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 
  or  him 
  2:  fasten  a  boat  to  a  bitt,  pin,  or  cleat 




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