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
4 (Mountaineering) 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 See also →
running belay (Old English belecgan; related to Old High German bileggen, Dutch beleggen)
n (Mountaineering) the clipping of the rope through a karabiner attached to a sling, piton, nut, etc., secured to the mountain: used by a leading climber of a team to reduce the length of a possible fall, (Also called)
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