cleat (def 8).
- Belaying pin
a short, round bar of metal or wood, inserted in a fife rail or pin rail, to which a rope is belayed. Historical Examples If they had shirked it, the redoubtable “Bully” would have made attendance compulsory with a belaying pin. A Memory Of The Southern Seas Louis Becke I sent a belaying pin after […]
to surround with military forces. to surround or beset, as with troubles. Historical Examples Before God can make her in truth His own, make her verify her name, He will have to beleaguer and reduce her. The Book of Isaiah, Volume I (of 2) George Adam Smith In his tragedy of Ezelino, after the tyrant’s […]
to show to be false; contradict: His trembling hands belied his calm voice. to misrepresent: The newspaper belied the facts. to act unworthily according to the standards of (a tradition, one’s ancestry, one’s faith, etc.). Archaic. to lie about; slander. Contemporary Examples The broad sweep of The Sleepwalkers seems at first to belie its central […]