relay
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, set of fresh hounds, from relayen Date: 1651 1. a. a supply (as of horses) arranged beforehand for successive relief b. a number of persons who relieve others in some work <
worked in relays around the clock
>
2. a. a race between teams in which each team member successively covers a specified portion of the course b. one of the divisions of a relay 3. an electromagnetic device for remote or automatic control that is actuated by variation in conditions of an electric circuit and that operates in turn other devices (as switches) in the same or a different circuit 4. servomotor 5. the act of passing along (as a message or ball) by stages; also one of such stages II. transitive verb (relayed; relaying) Etymology: Middle English, to release a set of fresh hounds, take a fresh horse, from Middle French relaier, from re- + laier to let go, leave — more at delay Date: 1788 1. a. to place or dispose in relays b. to provide with relays 2. to pass along by relays <
news was relayed to distant points
>
3. to control or operate by a relay III. transitive verb (relaid; -laying) Etymology: re- + 1lay Date: 1757 to lay again <
relay track
>

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