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belay

be·lay

belay

 
pronunciation:
b leI
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: belayed, belaying, belays
definition 1: in nautical terminology, to secure (a rope) by winding around a pin or cleat.
definition 2: in mountain climbing, to fasten (a rope) either to a person or to a thing offering a secure support.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to be secured or fastened.
definition 2: in nautical terminology, to stop or cease (usu. used as an imperative).
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: in mountain climbing, a secure projection such as a rock, tree, or the like, around which a rope may be run or fastened.
definition 2: in mountain climbing, the act of securing a rope.
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derivation: belayer (n.)