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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)

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.

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."