1. The securing of a rope to a rock or other projection.
  2. The object to which a rope is secured.
  3. A location at which a climber stops and builds an anchor with which to secure his/or her partner.


  1. To surround; environ; inclose.
  2. To overlay; adorn.
  3. To besiege; invest; surround.
  4. To lie in wait for in order to attack; block up or obstruct.
  5. To make (a rope) fast by turning it round a fastening point such as a cleat or piton.
  6. To secure (a person) to a rope or (a rope) to a person.
    He would need an experienced partner to belay him on the difficult climbs.
  7. To lay aside; stop; cancel.
    I could only hope the remaining piton would belay his fall.
    Belay that order!
  8. To make a line fast by turns around a cleat, pin, or bitt.

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