Definition of Relay

1. Noun. The act of passing something along from one person or group to another. "The relay was successful"

Generic synonyms: Handing Over, Passage

2. Verb. Pass along. "They relay the information to them"; "Please relay the news to the villagers"

3. Noun. A crew of workers who relieve another crew.
Generic synonyms: Shift

4. Verb. Control or operate by relay.
Generic synonyms: Control, Operate

5. Noun. A fresh team to relieve weary draft animals.
Generic synonyms: Team

6. Noun. A race between teams; each member runs or swims part of the distance.
Exact synonyms: Relay Race
Generic synonyms: Race
Specialized synonyms: Torch Race

7. Noun. Electrical device such that current flowing through it in one circuit can switch on and off a current in a second circuit.
Exact synonyms: Electrical Relay
Group relationships: Circuit, Electric Circuit, Electrical Circuit
Generic synonyms: Electrical Device
Terms within: Electromagnet

Definition of Relay

1. v. t. To lay again; to lay a second time; as, to relay a pavement.

2. n. A supply of anything arranged beforehand for affording relief from time to time, or at successive stages; provision for successive relief.

3. a. Relating to, or having the characteristics of, an auxiliary apparatus put into action by a feeble force but itself capable of exerting greater force, used to control a comparatively powerful machine or appliance.

Definition of Relay

1. Noun. (electronics) An electrical actuator that allows a relatively small electrical voltage or current to control a larger voltage or current. ¹

2. Noun. (context: athletics) A track and field discipline where runners take turns in carrying a baton from start to finish. Most common events are 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter competitions. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To pass or transfer from one person to another, especially repeatedly through a series of persons. ¹

4. Verb. (alternative spelling of re-lay) ¹

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Definition of Relay

1. to send along by using fresh sets to replace tired ones [v -ED, -ING, -S] / lay [v -LAID, -LAYING, -LAYS] - See also: lay

Medical Definition of Relay

1. 1. A supply of anything arranged beforehand for affording relief from time to time, or at successive stages; provision for successive relief. Specifically: A supply of horses placced at stations to be in readiness to relieve others, so that a trveler may proceed without delay. A supply of hunting dogs or horses kept in readiness at certain places to relive the tired dogs or horses, and to continnue the pursuit of the game if it comes that way. A number of men who relieve others in carrying on some work. 2. In various forms of telegrapfhic apparatus, a megnet which receives the circuit current, and is caused by it to bring into into action the power of a local battery for performing the work of making the record; also, a similar device by which the current in one circuit is made to open or close another circuit in which a current is passing. Relay battery, the local battery which is brought into use by the action of the relay magnet, or relay. Origin: F. Relais (cf. OF. Relais relaxation, discontinuance, It. Rilascio release, relief, rilasso relay), fr. OF. Relaissier to abandon, release, fr. L. Relaxare. See Relax. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Relay

relaxing enzyme
relay (current term)
relay links
relay race
relay races
relay stations
relay transmitters

Literary usage of Relay

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1920)
"1 governing relay, through the left-hand winding of this relay to the left-hand contact ... 2 governing relay via contact C to ground. The armature of No. ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"These relays are The armature 2 in this type of relay is a cores away from ... This winding screw is movable toward or from [he relay coils bv aid of the ..."

3. Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1922)
"The nature and extent of this supplemental, or relay, power will be governed ... 2 In many instances the required relay, at least sufficient for the initial ..."

4. The Osmotic Pressure of Aqueous Solutions: Report on Investigations Made in by Harmon Northrop Morse (1914)
"The master relay (R, Figure 29), so called because it controls all the relays ... High resistance in this relay is desirable in order to reduce to a minimum ..."

5. American Telephone Practice by Kempster Blanchard Miller (1905)
"This will operate relay C, and thus close a circuit for ringing current from the generator at the common batter)' board out over the subscriber's line and ..."

6. Automatic Telephony: A Comprehensive Treatise on Automatic and Semi by Arthur Bessey Smith, Wilson Lee Campbell (1921)
"When wiper W-82 arrives at the live contact S-82, relay 72-31 pulls up, ... At the same time relay 72-31 locks itself to negative battery through a back ..."

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