from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Nautical To secure or make fast (a rope, for example) by winding on a cleat or pin.
- transitive v. To secure (a mountain climber, for example) at the end of a length of rope.
- transitive v. To cause to stop.
- intransitive v. To be made secure.
- intransitive v. Used in the imperative as an order to stop: Belay there!
- n. The securing of a rope on a rock or other projection during mountain climbing.
- n. An object, such as a rock, to which a mountain climber's rope can be secured.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To surround; environ; inclose.
- v. To overlay; adorn.
- v. To besiege; invest; surround.
- v. To lie in wait for in order to attack; block up or obstruct.
- v. To make (a rope) fast by turning it round a fastening point such as a cleat or piton.
- v. To secure (a person) to a rope or (a rope) to a person.
- v. To lay aside; stop; cancel.
- v. The general command to stop or cease.
- v. To make a line fast by turns around a cleat, pin, or bitt.
- n. The securing of a rope to a rock or other projection.
- n. The object to which a rope is secured.
- n. A location at which a climber stops and builds an anchor with which to secure his/or her partner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To lay on or cover; to adorn.
- transitive v. To make fast, as a rope, by taking several turns with it round a pin, cleat, or kevel.
- transitive v. To lie in wait for with a view to assault. Hence: to block up or obstruct.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To surround; environ; inclose.
- To overlay; adorn.
- To besiege; invest; surround.
- To lie in wait for in order to attack; hence, to block up or obstruct.
- Nautical, to fasten, or make fast, by winding round a belaying-pin, cleat, or cavel: applied chiefly to running rigging.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleat
- n. something to which a mountain climber's rope can be secured
- v. turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or him
Middle English bileggen, to surround, from Old English belecgan; see legh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English beleggen, bileggen, from Old English belecgan ("to cover, invest, surround, afflict, attribute to, charge with, accuse"), equivalent to be- + lay. Cognate with Dutch beleggen ("to cover, overlay, belay"), German belegen ("to cover, occupy, belay"), Swedish belägga ("to pave"). (Wiktionary)