Meaning of RELAY in English


I. ˈrē-ˌlā noun

Etymology: Middle English, set of fresh hounds, from relayen

Date: 1651


a. : a supply (as of horses) arranged beforehand for successive relief

b. : a number of persons who relieve others in some work

worked in relay s around the clock


a. : a race between teams in which each team member successively covers a specified portion of the course

b. : one of the divisions of a relay

3. : an electromagnetic device for remote or automatic control that is actuated by variation in conditions of an electric circuit and that operates in turn other devices (as switches) in the same or a different circuit

4. : servomotor

5. : the act of passing along (as a message or ball) by stages ; also : one of such stages

II. ˈrē-ˌlā, ri-ˈlā transitive verb

( re·layed ; re·lay·ing )

Etymology: Middle English, to release a set of fresh hounds, take a fresh horse, from Middle French relaier, from re- + laier to let go, leave — more at delay

Date: 1788


a. : to place or dispose in relays

b. : to provide with relays

2. : to pass along by relays

news was relay ed to distant points

3. : to control or operate by a relay

III. (ˌ)rē-ˈlā transitive verb

( re·laid -ˈlād ; -lay·ing )

Etymology: re- + lay (I)

Date: 1757

: to lay again

relay track

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