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.]
Jacket . . . belayed with silver lace.Spenser.
(Naut.) To make fast, as a rope, by taking several turns with it round a pin, cleat, or kevel.
3. To lie in wait for with a view to assault. Hence: to block up or obstruct.
Belay thee! Stop.
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