- to lay again.
Origin of re-lay
- a series of persons relieving one another or taking turns; shift.
- a fresh set of dogs or horses posted in readiness for use in a hunt, on a journey, etc.
- relay race.
- a length or leg in a relay race.
- Machinery. an automatic control device in which the settings of valves, switches, etc., are regulated by a powered element, as a motor, solenoid, or pneumatic mechanism actuated by a smaller, sensitive element.
- Electricity. a device, usually consisting of an electromagnet and an armature, by which a change of current or voltage in one circuit is used to make or break a connection in another circuit or to affect the operation of other devices in the same or another circuit.
- (initial capital letter) U.S. Aerospace. one of an early series of experimental low-altitude, active communications satellites.
- to carry forward by or as if by relays: to relay a message.
- to provide with or replace by fresh relays.
- Electricity. to retransmit (a signal, message, etc.) by or as if by means of a telegraphic relay.
- Electricity. to retransmit a signal or message electronically.
Origin of relay1
Examples from the Web for relaying
“Mahfouz was relaying the oppression of Amina and her daughters as it existed,” she has said.Cairo, Revisited: How Naguib Mahfouz Predicted the Future of Egypt
July 22, 2012
When Dmitri visited, he would act as a megaphone, relaying to his mother what her ears could not catch of my Kiwi accent.Remembering Dmitri Nabokov, the Novelist’s Son and Literary Executor
May 10, 2012
Perhaps that was the inspiration for the plan Justice was now relaying to UCE 48.The Vegas Suicide Mystery
February 24, 2011
Heaven only knows what eavesdropping and relaying he has done.
Nor was any time lost in relaying orders to crewmen within the ship.Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
I was all for our dressing up as foreigners, and relaying an asphalte street.The Right Stuff
From what I remember of the masts, it looked as if they were relaying it somewhere else again.The Secret of the Ninth Planet
Donald Allen Wollheim
The alarm stopped, and Judith's cool voice was relaying information.The Women-Stealers of Thrayx
Fox B. Holden
- a person or team of people relieving others, as on a shift
- a fresh team of horses, dogs, etc, posted at intervals along a route to relieve others
- the act of relaying or process of being relayed
- short for relay race
- one of the sections of a relay race
- an automatic device that controls the setting of a valve, switch, etc, by means of an electric motor, solenoid, or pneumatic mechanism
- electronics an electrical device in which a small change in current or voltage controls the switching on or off of circuits or other devices
- a combination of a receiver and transmitter designed to receive radio signals and retransmit them, in order to extend their range
- (as modifier)a relay station
- to carry or spread (something, such as news or information) by relays
- to supply or replace with relays
- to retransmit (a signal) by means of a relay
- British to broadcast (a performance) by sending out signals through a transmitting stationthis concert is being relayed from the Albert Hall
Word Origin and History for relaying
late 14c., "hounds placed along a line of chase," from Middle French relai "reserve pack of hounds or other animals" (13c.), from Old French relaier "to exchange tired animals for fresh," literally "leave behind," from re- "back" (see re-) + laier "to leave" (see delay (v.)). The etymological sense is "to leave (dogs) behind (in order to take fresh ones)." Of horses, 1650s. Electromagnetic sense first recorded 1860. As a type of foot-race, it is attested from 1898.
c.1400, "to set a pack of (fresh) hounds after a quarry;" also "change horses," from Old French relaiier, from relai (see relay (n.)). Related: Relayed; relaying.
- An electrical switch that is operated by an electromagnet, such as a solenoid. When a small current passes through the electromagnet's coiled wire, it produces a magnetic field that attracts a movable iron bar, causing it to pivot and open or close the switch.