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relay

noun re·lay \ ˈrē-ˌlā \
1 a : a supply (as of horses) arranged beforehand for successive relief
b : a number of persons who relieve others in some work
  • worked in relays around the clock
2 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 (such as switches) in the same or a different circuit
5 : the act of passing along (something, such as a message or ball) by stages; also : one of such stages

Examples of relay in a Sentence

  1. Our relay team is training for next weekend's race.

  2. a satellite relay of a television signal

  3. We set up a relay to carry buckets of water to the campsite.

  4. They worked in relays to clear the rubble.

Origin and Etymology of relay

Middle English, set of fresh hounds, from relayen

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relay

verb re·lay \ ˈrē-ˌlā , ri-ˈlā \
relayed; relaying
1 a : to place or dispose in relays
b : to provide with relays
2 : to pass along by relays
  • news was relayed to distant points
3 : to control or operate by a relay

Origin and Etymology of relay

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

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relay

verb re·lay \ (ˌ)rē-ˈlā \
relaid play \-ˈlād\; relaying
: to lay again
  • relay track

Origin and Etymology of relay

re- + 1lay

RELAY Defined for English Language Learners

relay

  • : a race between teams in which each team member runs, swims, etc., a different part of the race

  • : the act of passing something from one person or device to another; also : a system for doing this

  • : a group of people, horses, etc., that takes the place of others so that something (such as a job or an activity) is done continuously


RELAY Defined for Kids

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relay

noun re·lay \ ˈrē-ˌlā \
1 : a race between teams in which each team member covers a certain part of the course
2 : the act of passing something from one person to the next
3 : a fresh supply (as of horses or people) arranged to relieve others

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relay

verb re·lay \ ˈrē-ˌlā , ri-ˈlā \
relayed; relaying
: to pass along by stages
  • Please relay the message to the others.


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