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belay

(bĕ-lāy′)
To protect with a rope. A rescuer can belay a stokes basket as it is being lowered to a safe position.
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Using this method of belaying is not overly reliable and can cause a lot of harm to both the climber and the belayer.
Locking carabiner and belay device: These pieces of hardware are belaying essentials.
I glance down to the other end, where Sue is momentarily pulled off the ground by my weight at the other end of the rope as she fumbles with the belaying clip before releasing me slowly down to terra firma.
Equally important is not standing around the base of the cliff if you are not belaying. This will limit your chances of being hit on the head.
Sometimes, the team is large, and many different "belays" are ongoing -- one may be belaying and belayed by multiple other team members.
How it's used: The ship's sheaves, wooden blocks, belaying pins, and dead-eyes, all components of the rigging, are made of lignumvitae.