Associations to the word «Relay»


RELAY, noun. (hunting) (now rare) A new set of hounds. [from 15th c.]
RELAY, noun. (now chiefly historical) A new set of horses kept along a specific route so that they can replace animals that are tired. [from 17th c.]
RELAY, noun. (by extension) A new set of anything.
RELAY, noun. A series of vehicles travelling in sequence. [from 18th c.]
RELAY, noun. (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. [from 19th c.]
RELAY, noun. (electronics) An electrical actuator that allows a relatively small electrical voltage or current to control a larger voltage or current. [from 19th c.]
RELAY, verb. (obsolete) (intransitive) (hunting) To release a new set of hounds. [15th-17th c.]
RELAY, verb. (transitive) (now rare) To place (people or horses) in relays, such that one can take over form another. [from 18th c.]
RELAY, verb. (intransitive) (now rare) To take on a new relay of horses; to change horses. [from 19th c.]
RELAY, verb. (transitive) To pass on or transfer (information). [from 19th c.]
RELAY, verb. Alternative spelling of re-lay
RELAY CYLINDER, noun. In a variable-expansion central-valve steam engine, a small auxiliary engine for automatically adjusting the steam distribution to the load on the main engine.
RELAY RACE, noun. A sports contest, where the members of a team take turns e.g. swimming, running or skiing parts of a circuit and/or performing certain action.
RELAY RACES, noun. Plural of relay race

Dictionary definition

RELAY, noun. The act of passing something along from one person or group to another; "the relay was successful".
RELAY, noun. A crew of workers who relieve another crew.
RELAY, noun. A fresh team to relieve weary draft animals.
RELAY, noun. A race between teams; each member runs or swims part of the distance.
RELAY, noun. Electrical device such that current flowing through it in one circuit can switch on and off a current in a second circuit.
RELAY, verb. Pass along; "Please relay the news to the villagers".
RELAY, verb. Control or operate by relay.

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