Meaning of relay


If you relay something, you pass it to another person. When you relay the information that your pet monkey is known to attack people to your neighbors, you should bring a basket of muffins.

Relay comes from the French relayer, which means “to change hounds on a hunt.” It still has that sense of something passed in motion. You might run a relay race — each team member carries a baton part-way, then passes it on. We relay news, as when you take a message from Sally and relay it to Harry. A fresh work crew is a relay, and so is an electrical switch that can turn a second circuit on.

Definitions of relay
  1. noun

    the act of passing something along from one person or group to another

    relay was successful”
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    handing over, passage

    the act of passing something to another person

  2. noun

    a race between teams; each member runs or swims part of the distance


    relay race

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    torch race

    (ancient Greece) in which a torch is passed from one runner to the next
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    a contest of speed

  3. noun

    a crew of workers who relieve another crew

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    type of:


    a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time

  4. noun

    a fresh team to relieve weary draft animals

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    two or more draft animals that work together to pull something

  5. verb

    pass along

    relay the news to the villagers”
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    type of:

    communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across

    transmit information

  6. noun

    electrical device such that current flowing through it in one circuit can switch on and off a current in a second circuit


    electrical relay

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    electrical device

    a device that produces or is powered by electricity

  7. verb

    control or operate by relay

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    type of:

    control, operate

    handle and cause to function

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