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.


  1. Relay

    Relay (titled "The Relay" in the United States) is a song written by Pete Townshend, the guitarist of The Who, for the band's aborted Lifehouse project. The song was also released as a moderately successful single in 1972. It was also the last non-album single by The Who until "Real Good Looking Boy", 32 years later.


  1. relay

    A relay is an electrical device that opens or closes a circuit under the control of another electrical circuit, allowing electricity to flow or prevent it. They are typically used in automation, where they can be operated by a relatively small electric current to control a much larger one, thus enabling electrical control of a variety of devices. In a broader context, a relay can also refer to a process in which information or messages are passed from one person or group to another.

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  

Anagrams for relay »

  1. early

  2. layer

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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. Claude Arnold:

    In the case of Iraq, when we had troops on the ground, we were able to get intelligence on bad actors, now we rely on the Iraqi government to not only obtain the intelligence, but also to relay it to us.

  2. Johannes Thingnes:

    To prepare for the relay, it was normal even if it was difficult for Johannes Thingnes to be in Johannes Thingnes hotel room, i think Johannes Thingnes also loaded Johannes Thingnes batteries quite well. We saw today that maybe it was for the better that Johannes Thingnes was in quarantine so that Johannes Thingnes could relax and save Johannes Thingnes energy for the sprint.

  3. David Jordan:

    This is not needed. It's a waste of time, Michael McLendon time and mine. I know there are people out there who got fear but as a good senator Michael McLendon can relay to them that there is no basis for it, it is sad that we have wasted so much time on something that's not even necessary.

  4. Tiril Eckhoff:

    It was an amazing relay, it was so much up and down, and I had a really tough leg, but I had amazing teammates who made it possible.

  5. William Whitlock:

    I proudly displayed that flag on the dashboard of my truck as I drove my segment of the relay, and I hope that everyone on the road that day not only looked at the special trailer we have, but sees it and reads it and checks out Children of Fallen Patriots and supports it, for me, it's duty and love…No man left behind.

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Translations for relay

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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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