- relay race.
- a length or leg in a relay race.
verb (used with object), re·layed, re·lay·ing.
verb (used without object), re·layed, re·lay·ing.
- relaxation time,
- relay fast,
- relay language,
- relay race,
Origin of relay1
verb (used with object), re·laid, re·lay·ing.
verb (used with object), re-laid, re-lay·ing.
Origin of re-lay
Examples from the Web for relay
Pippa and and her brother are part of a team of eight cyclists, and will be riding three hours a day each in relay.
Teams generally race in a relay format with one racer always on the road.Pippa Middleton To Cycle Across America ... Starting Tomorrow|Tom Sykes|June 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Relay: Teams of four compete in a four-part race, 4x7.5km (30km total) for men and 4x6km (24km total) for women.
They also make phone calls and relay data to third-party fitness apps such as MapMyRun.
The man was there to relay a message regarding a drug case in which he was awaiting sentencing by the judge.
Maybe we'll have to relay him some instrument checks, to keep him busy.Suzy|Watson Parker
A relay swimming race would be a good stunt, suggested Fred.The Go Ahead Boys in the Island Camp|Ross Kay
At that time communication was kept up between them by a line of relay couriers.Mosby's War Reminiscences|John Singleton Mosby
He had dropped in the harness and younger men were taking up the relay race.The Tyranny of Weakness|Charles Neville Buck
Each chair was accompanied besides by a relay of eight more porters.From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan|Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
- short for relay race
- one of the sections of a relay race
- 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
verb (rɪˈleɪ) (tr)
Word Origin for relay
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.