Word of the Day, March 2, 2019

belay

(bĭ-lā′)

v. be·layed, be·lay·ing, be·lays
v.tr.

1. Nautical To secure or make fast (a rope, for example) by winding on a cleat or pin.
2. To provide security to (a climber) by paying out or drawing in rope, often through a braking device, in readiness to break a potential fall.
3. To cause to stop.
v.intr.

1. To be made secure.
2. Used in the imperative as an order to stop: Belay there!
n.

1. The act of belaying a climber.
2. A system of ropes and anchors by which a climber is belayed.

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