What does relay mean?

Definitions for relay
ˈri leɪ; rɪˈleɪre·lay

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. relay(noun)

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

    "the relay was successful"

  2. relay(noun)

    a crew of workers who relieve another crew

  3. relay(noun)

    a fresh team to relieve weary draft animals

  4. relay, relay race(noun)

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

  5. relay, electrical relay(verb)

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

  6. relay(verb)

    pass along

    "Please relay the news to the villagers"

  7. relay(verb)

    control or operate by relay


  1. relay(Noun)

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

  2. relay(Noun)

    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. relay(Verb)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relay(verb)

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

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

  2. Relay(noun)

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

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

  3. Relay(noun)

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

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

  4. Relay(noun)

    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

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

  5. Relay(noun)

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

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

  6. Relay(noun)

    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

    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  

How to pronounce relay?

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How to say relay in sign language?

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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. Sydney McLaughlin:

    It's never definite for Team USA. There are a lot of great girls who can run, it's really exciting especially with (the) Tokyo (Olympics) next year that anybody can do this relay.

  2. Katie Ledecky:

    I know that she's going to regroup and get ready for the relay and then her 200 back, and I know both those races will be good for her.

  3. Emanuel Hudson:

    Look at the Japanese men's 4x100 relay team, they over-perform.

  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. Sarah Sanders:

    We're giving you the best information that we're going to have, obviously the press team's not going to be as read-in, maybe, as some other elements, at a given moment, on a variety of topics. But we relay the best and most accurate information that we have, and we get those from those individuals.

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  • المرحلArabic
  • щафетаBulgarian
  • relleus, rellevar, reléCatalan, Valencian
  • předat, štafeta, reléCzech
  • Staffellauf, RelaisGerman
  • σκυταλοδρομία, αναμεταδίδω, ηλεκτρονόμος, αντικαθιστώ, μεταβιβάζωGreek
  • relevar, relé, relevosSpanish
  • رلهPersian
  • välittää, kertoa eteenpäin, rele, viesti, viestijuoksuFinnish
  • relais, relayer, relai, transmettreFrench
  • reléHungarian
  • liði, rafliði, boðhlaupIcelandic
  • attuatore, ripetitore, staffetta, comunicareItalian
  • stafettNorwegian
  • przekazać, przekaźnik, sztafeta, przekazywaćPolish
  • revezamento, reléPortuguese
  • releu, ștafetăRomanian
  • передава́ть, реле́, эстафе́та, переда́ть, трансли́роватьRussian
  • rèlēj, штафе́та, рѐле̄ј, štafétaSerbo-Croatian
  • relé, štafétaSlovene
  • stafett, reläSwedish

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    • A. sesquipedalian
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