belay

Belay \Be*lay"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Belaid}, {Belayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Belaying}.] [For senses 1 & 2, D. beleggen to cover, belay; akin to E. pref. be-, and lay to place: for sense 3, OE. beleggen, AS. belecgan. See pref. {Be-}, and {Lay} to place.] 1. To lay on or cover; to adorn. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Jacket . . . belayed with silver lace. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To make fast, as a rope, by taking several turns with it round a pin, cleat, or kevel. --Totten. [1913 Webster] 3. To lie in wait for with a view to assault. Hence: to block up or obstruct. [Obs.] --Dryden. [1913 Webster] {Belay thee!} Stop. [1913 Webster]