Relay Definition

rēlā
relayed, relaying, relays
noun
relays
An act of passing something along from one person, group, or station to another.
American Heritage
Any of the legs, or laps, of a relay race.
Webster's New World
A division of a relay race.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
A crew of workers relieving others at work; shift.
Webster's New World
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verb
relayed, relaying, relays
To convey by relays.
Webster's New World
To convey as if by relays; receive and pass on (a message, news, etc.)
Webster's New World
To supply or replace with a relay or relays.
Webster's New World
To control, operate, or send on by a relay.
Webster's New World

(now rare) To place (people or horses) in relays, such that one can take over form another. [from 18th c.]

Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Relay

Noun

Singular:
relay
Plural:
relays

Origin of Relay

  • From Middle French relai (“reserve pack of hounds"), from relaier (“to exchange tired animals for fresh"); literally, "to leave behind", from Old French relaier (“to leave behind"), from re- + laier (“to leave"), of uncertain origin.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English relai fresh team of dogs for a hunt from Old French from relaier to relay re- re- laier to leave (of Germanic origin leip- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • re- +"Ž lay

    From Wiktionary

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