relay

1
[ noun ree-ley; verb ree-ley, ri-ley ]
/ noun ˈri leɪ; verb ˈri leɪ, rɪˈleɪ /

noun

verb (used with object), re·layed, re·lay·ing.

verb (used without object), re·layed, re·lay·ing.

Electricity. to retransmit a signal or message electronically.

Nearby words

  1. relaxation time,
  2. relaxed,
  3. relaxer,
  4. relaxin,
  5. relaxing,
  6. relay fast,
  7. relay language,
  8. relay race,
  9. relearn,
  10. relearning

Origin of relay

1
1375–1425; (v.) late Middle English relaien to unleash fresh hounds in a hunt < Middle French relaier, Old French: to leave behind, release, equivalent to re- re- + laier to leave, dialectal variant of laissier < Latin laxāre (see relax); (noun) late Middle English relai set of fresh hounds < Middle French, derivative of relaier

relay

2
[ ree-ley ]
/ riˈleɪ /

verb (used with object), re·laid, re·lay·ing.

re-lay

or re·lay

[ ree-ley ]
/ riˈleɪ /

verb (used with object), re-laid, re-lay·ing.

to lay again.

Origin of re-lay

First recorded in 1580–90; re- + lay1

Can be confusedre-lay relay

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British Dictionary definitions for relay

relay

noun (ˈriːleɪ)

verb (rɪˈleɪ) (tr)

Word Origin for relay

C15 relaien, from Old French relaier to leave behind, from re- + laier to leave, ultimately from Latin laxāre to loosen; see relax

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Word Origin and History for relay
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Science definitions for relay

relay

[ rēlā ]

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.
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