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relay

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[ noun ree-ley; verb ree-ley, ri-ley ]
/ noun 藞ri le瑟; verb 藞ri le瑟, r瑟藞le瑟 /
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noun
verb (used with object), re路layed, re路lay路ing.
verb (used without object), re路layed, re路lay路ing.
Electricity. to retransmit a signal or message electronically.
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Origin of relay

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1375鈥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 lax膩re (see relax); (noun) late Middle English relai set of fresh hounds <Middle French, derivative of relaier

Other definitions for relay (2 of 3)

relay2
[ ree-ley ]
/ ri藞le瑟 /

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

Other definitions for relay (3 of 3)

re-lay

or re路lay

[ ree-ley ]
/ ri藞le瑟 /

verb (used with object), re-laid, re-lay路ing.
to lay again.

Origin of re-lay

First recorded in 1580鈥90; re- + lay1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH re-lay

re-lay , relay
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British Dictionary definitions for relay

relay

noun (藞ri藧le瑟)
verb (r瑟藞le瑟) (tr)

Word Origin for relay

C15 relaien, from Old French relaier to leave behind, from re- + laier to leave, ultimately from Latin lax膩re to loosen; see relax
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Scientific definitions for relay

relay
[ r膿l膩 ]

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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