What does relay mean?

Definitions for relay
ˈri leɪ; rɪˈleɪre·lay

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word relay.

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

  2. Relay(noun)

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

  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

  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

  5. Relay(noun)

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

  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

  7. Origin: [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.

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. Emanuel Hudson:

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

  2. Kathrine Switzer/Boston Herald -RRB- Switzer:

    All I could do was relay what I was seeing. I didn’t see any of the horrors, but what I saw was horrible enough.

  3. James Guy:

    It's the best British team we've ever had and this relay is definitely something we're going to look out for next year.

  4. 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.

  5. Ehab Mohieldin Azmi:

    Of course, we tried to call it more than once and it did not respond, we asked the planes that were nearby to give it a relay and we could not reach it. That's it.

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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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