Definitions of relay

  1. electrical device such that current flowing through it in one circuit can switch on and off a current in a second circuit
  2. control or operate by relay
  3. the act of relaying something
  4. pass along; " Please relay the news to the villagers"
  5. Relating to, or having the characteristics of, an auxiliary apparatus put into action by a feeble force but itself capable of exerting greater force, used to control a comparatively powerful machine or appliance.
  6. To lay again; to lay a second time; as, to relay a pavement.
  7. A supply of anything arranged beforehand for affording relief from time to time, or at successive stages; provision for successive relief.
  8. A supply of horses placced at stations to be in readiness to relieve others, so that a trveler may proceed without delay.
  9. A supply of hunting dogs or horses kept in readiness at certain places to relive the tired dogs or horses, and to continue the pursuit of the game if it comes that way.
  10. A number of men who relieve others in carrying on some work.
  11. In various forms of telegraphic apparatus, a magnet which receives the circuit current, and is caused by it to bring into into action the power of a local battery for performing the work of making the record; also, a similar device by which the current in one circuit is made to open or close another circuit in which a current is passing.
  12. To lay a second time; as, to relay a pavement.
  13. A set of fresh men, horses, or dogs, etc., held ready to relieve a tired set, usually at a given time or place; an electrical device by which the opening or closing of a weak circuit opens or closes a stronger circuit.
  14. Relaid.
  15. Relaying.
  16. A supply of horses to relieve others on a journey.
  17. Fresh horses at a station to relieve others.
  18. To lay again.
  19. A fresh set, as of horses; a change or shift.
  20. Elec. An electromagnetic device for opening and closing circuits.
  21. A supply of post- horses or of hunting dogs to relieve others; a supply of anything kept for relief. See Relax.
  22. To lay a second time.
  23. A supply of fresh horses in readiness to relieve, others, that the traveller may proceed without delay; a supply of dogs at certain points for the pursuit of game.
  24. To lay again or a second time.

Usage examples for relay

  1. " And one more substance," continued Morey as he opened the relay once more. – Invaders from the Infinite by John Wood Campbell
  2. There is a battery, C, and a key, K. When the key is depressed, current flows through the relay coils at A, but no magnetism is produced, as they oppose each other. – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  3. Nothing remained but to organize the stage company, buy the coaches, the horses and the freight outfits, improve the highway, establish sixteen relay stations, and get started. – Roosevelt in the Bad Lands by Hermann Hagedorn
  4. I have my pocket relay – Empire Builders by Francis Lynde
  5. We planned to relay back for porters from our different camps. – African Camp Fires by Stewart Edward White
  6. I can't call up your name for the moment, dressed as you be- but 'twas thoughtful of 'em, knowing Tadd's habit, to post up a second figger for a relay – The Mayor of Troy by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  7. Through the windows, at a distance of four hundred yards, the pounding of the machinery which flooded the water jacket of the Relay Gun was distinctly audible in the stillness of the night. – The Man Who Rocked the Earth by Arthur Train Robert Williams Wood
  8. No one was in the picture, which was slightly blurred by several relay stations, which had been set up on short notice for this one broadcast. –  by
  9. To afford the reader a clear conception of such a relay we would refer again to Fig. – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  10. Over his shoulder he panted an order for the radar- duty man to relay anything from Earth down to him there. – Space Tug by Murray Leinster
  11. From Mazagan to Morocco City, where the Court was, a distance of a hundred and forty miles, he had a relay of mules and horses posted, and he rode without stopping. – In the Tail of the Peacock by Isabel Savory
  12. This tone can be read directly from the relay or, as is usually the case, it causes the sounder to operate in the common way. – Electricity and Magnetism Nature's Miracles, Vol. III. by Elisha Gray
  13. Morey closed the relay – Invaders from the Infinite by John Wood Campbell
  14. Sobbing, the woman held her hand to her bruised cheek as she scurried out of his reach and ran weeping to go and relay his orders to the kitchen staff. – Si'Wren of the Patriarchs by Roland Cheney
  15. Thus we have a wire starting from the earth in New York and passing through a battery, a key and a relay and thence to Boston on poles, with insulators on which the wire is strung, and through another instrument, key and battery in Boston, the same as at the New York end, and into the ground, leaving the earth to complete one- half of the circuit. – Electricity and Magnetism Nature's Miracles, Vol. III. by Elisha Gray
  16. Dr. Arcot was forced back as by a giant hand; in his backward motion his hand was lifted from the relay switch, and with a thud the circuit opened. – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  17. As soon as he has reached his seat the player next in front of him does the same, the relay being complete when each player in turn has run. – My Book of Indoor Games by Clarence Squareman
  18. Here come my visitors- and have now gone, or the first relay of them; and I hope no more may come. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  19. In the beginning he employed the induction coil, Morse telegraph key, batteries, and vertical wire for the transmission of signals, and for their reception the usual filings coherer of nickel with a very small percentage of silver, a telegraph relay batteries and a vertical wire. – Marvels of Modern Science by Paul Severing
  20. For large numbers the relay idea will be advisable. – Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium by Jessie H. Bancroft