What does relay mean?

Definitions for relay
ˈri leɪ; rɪˈleɪre·lay

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. relaynoun

    the act of passing something along from one person or group to another

    "the relay was successful"

  2. relaynoun

    a crew of workers who relieve another crew

  3. relaynoun

    a fresh team to relieve weary draft animals

  4. relay, relay racenoun

    a race between teams; each member runs or swims part of the distance

  5. relay, electrical relayverb

    electrical device such that current flowing through it in one circuit can switch on and off a current in a second circuit

  6. relayverb

    pass along

    "Please relay the news to the villagers"

  7. relayverb

    control or operate by relay


  1. relaynoun

    An electrical actuator that allows a relatively small electrical voltage or current to control a larger voltage or current.

  2. relaynoun

    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.

  3. relayverb

    To pass or transfer from one person to another, especially repeatedly through a series of persons.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Relaynoun

    Horses on the road to relieve others.

    Etymology: relais, Fr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relayverb

    to lay again; to lay a second time; as, to relay a pavement

  2. Relaynoun

    a supply of anything arranged beforehand for affording relief from time to time, or at successive stages; provision for successive relief

  3. Relaynoun

    a supply of horses placced at stations to be in readiness to relieve others, so that a trveler may proceed without delay

  4. Relaynoun

    a supply of hunting dogs or horses kept in readiness at certain places to relive the tired dogs or horses, and to continue the pursuit of the game if it comes that way

  5. Relaynoun

    a number of men who relieve others in carrying on some work

  6. Relaynoun

    in various forms of telegraphic apparatus, a magnet 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

  7. Etymology: [Pref. re- + lay, v.]


  1. Relay

    A relay is an electrically operated switch. Many relays use an electromagnet to operate a switching mechanism mechanically, but other operating principles are also used. Relays are used where it is necessary to control a circuit by a low-power signal, or where several circuits must be controlled by one signal. The first relays were used in long distance telegraph circuits, repeating the signal coming in from one circuit and re-transmitting it to another. Relays were used extensively in telephone exchanges and early computers to perform logical operations. A type of relay that can handle the high power required to directly control an electric motor or other loads is called a contactor. Solid-state relays control power circuits with no moving parts, instead using a semiconductor device to perform switching. Relays with calibrated operating characteristics and sometimes multiple operating coils are used to protect electrical circuits from overload or faults; in modern electric power systems these functions are performed by digital instruments still called "protective relays".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Relay

    rē-lā′, n. a supply of horses, &c., to relieve others on a journey: a fresh set of dogs in hunting: a shift of men: a supplementary store of anything: (electr.) an apparatus by which the current of the receiving telegraphic station is strengthened. [O. Fr. relaisrelaisser—L. relaxāre, to loosen.]

  2. Relay

    rē-lā′, v.t. to lay again, as a pavement.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Relay

    A receiving instrument which moves in accordance with impulses of currents received, and in so moving opens and closes a local circuit, which circuit may include as powerful a battery as required or desirable, while the relay may be on the other hand so delicate as to work with a very weak current.

Editors Contribution

  1. Relay

    A type of device created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    The relay switches are used on the railway tracks.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 25, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of relay in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of relay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of relay in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Bach:

    Toshiro Muto added. For example, Japanese media have said the duration of the torch relay would be reduced from the original 121 days to save costs. The events would have to retain the essentials, Toshiro Muto said, adding, what are the must-have items ?

  2. Dennis Mitchell:

    In terms of dealing with my past, all parties that were involved were very respectful of my past and, in my opinion, didn't really use that as a driving force, but I think there obviously are people out there that have strong feelings about my past ... and didn't support me being the relay coach.

  3. Paula Reed:

    It's really hard -- I know as almost every parent knows their child, so if we could just talk to him and hear him say he's okay, then I'm able to tell through his voice if he really is okay or if he's saying he's okay because he doesn't want me to worry but he's really suffering more, it would just be nice, even if it's not just us, if they could call the Embassy and relay that to us. We just want to know how Vladimir Putin's feeling.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Schrodinger's Cat is a classic example of Paradox, in my view. In actuality, it was a Gedankenexperiment or a Thought Experiment, created by Austrian Physicist Erwin Schrodinger in 1935. Not many folks are probably aware that Schrodinger himself called that experiment “a ridiculous case.” Here’s the "Schrodinger's Cat" in Schrodinger's own words: “A cat is penned up in a steel chamber, along with the following device (which must be secured against direct interference by the cat): In a Geiger Counter, there is a tiny bit of radioactive substance, so small, that perhaps in the course of the hour one of the atoms decays, but also, with equal probability, perhaps none. If it (i.e. decay) happens, the Geiger Counter discharges and through a relay releases a hammer that shatters a small flask of Hydrogen Cyanide. If one has left this entire system to itself for an hour, one would say that the cat still lives if meanwhile no atom has (undergone) radioactive decay.” So you see, the cat's life or death truly depends on the formation of a subatomic alpha particle that triggers off the avalanche of electrons in the Geiger Counter. There is an equal probability that it may not happen, and hence the cat should remain both alive and dead per Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. Philosophically speaking, Human Life is full of paradoxes, and we often find that the uncertainties therein bear a startling resemblance with Schrodinger's Cat experiment. The total randomness of events that shape our human lives, and determinedly control the outcome (i.e. future) can be extremely perplexing and equally thought-provoking as Schrodinger's Cat experiment....a pre-written and pre-destined Reductio ad absurdum perhaps!

  5. Milan Kundera:

    High culture is nothing but a child of that European perversion called history, the obsession we have with going forward, with considering the sequence of generations a relay race in which everyone surpasses his predecessor, only to be surpassed by his successor. Without this relay race called history there would be no European art and what characterizes it: a longing for originality, a longing for change. Robespierre, Napoleon, Beethoven, Stalin, Picasso, they're all runners in the relay race, they all belong to the same stadium.

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  • المرحلArabic
  • щафетаBulgarian
  • relleus, relé, rellevarCatalan, Valencian
  • předat, relé, štafetaCzech
  • Relais, StaffellaufGerman
  • σκυταλοδρομία, μεταβιβάζω, αντικαθιστώ, ηλεκτρονόμος, αναμεταδίδωGreek
  • relevos, relé, relevarSpanish
  • رلهPersian
  • välittää, viestijuoksu, viesti, kertoa eteenpäin, releFinnish
  • relais, transmettre, relai, relayerFrench
  • reléHungarian
  • liði, rafliði, boðhlaupIcelandic
  • comunicare, staffetta, attuatore, ripetitoreItalian
  • stafettNorwegian
  • przekaźnik, przekazywać, przekazać, sztafetaPolish
  • relé, revezamentoPortuguese
  • releu, ștafetăRomanian
  • реле́, трансли́ровать, эстафе́та, переда́ть, передава́тьRussian
  • štaféta, штафе́та, rèlēj, рѐле̄јSerbo-Croatian
  • relé, štafétaSlovene
  • stafett, reläSwedish

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    the act of catching an object with the hands
    • A. scholastic
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    • C. evangelist
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