Definition of "relay" []

  • An act of passing something along from one person, group, or station to another. (noun)
  • Sports A relay race. (noun)
  • Sports A division of a relay race. (noun)
  • Electronics A device that responds to a small current or voltage change by activating switches or other devices in an electric circuit. (noun)
  • A crew of workers who relieve another crew; a shift. (noun)
  • A person or team of people relieving others, as on a shift (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A fresh team of horses, dogs, etc, posted at intervals along a route to relieve others (noun)
  • The act of relaying or process of being relayed (noun)
  • One of the sections of a relay race (noun)
  • An automatic device that controls the setting of a valve, switch, etc, by means of an electric motor, solenoid, or pneumatic mechanism (noun)
  • An electrical device in which a small change in current or voltage controls the switching on or off of circuits or other devices (noun)
  • A combination of a receiver and transmitter designed to receive radio signals and retransmit them, in order to extend their range (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • To carry or spread (something, such as news or information) by relays (verb)
  • To supply or replace with relays (verb)
  • To retransmit (a signal) by means of a relay (verb)
  • To broadcast (a performance) by sending out signals through a transmitting station (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "relay" in a sentence
  • "Second connection to the relay is a cable to the COM port on the PC."
  • "Sanchez's decision-making has been so bad coach Rex Ryan reportedly has initiated a "Sesame Street" - simple system, in which Ryan will relay a code word - red, green or yellow - with each play based on how cautious or aggressive Sanchez should be."
  • "The chat service works well and is really snappy in relay time, at least in our own browser-to-browser tests."