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. Relaying.
  15. A supply of horses to relieve others on a journey.
  16. Fresh horses at a station to relieve others.
  17. To lay again.
  18. A fresh set, as of horses; a change or shift.
  19. Elec. An electromagnetic device for opening and closing circuits.
  20. A supply of post- horses or of hunting dogs to relieve others; a supply of anything kept for relief. See Relax.
  21. To lay a second time.
  22. 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.
  23. To lay again or a second time.

Usage examples for relay

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. We planned to relay back for porters from our different camps. – African Camp Fires by Stewart Edward White
  12. For large numbers the relay idea will be advisable. – Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium by Jessie H. Bancroft
  13. I have my pocket relay. – Empire Builders by Francis Lynde
  14. 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
  15. 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