relay

If you relay something, you pass it to another person. When you relay the information that your pet monkey is known to attack people to your neighbors, you should bring a basket of muffins.

Relay comes from the French relayer, which means "to change hounds on a hunt." It still has that sense of something passed in motion. You might run a relay race — each team member carries a baton part-way, then passes it on. We relay news, as when you take a message from Sally and relay it to Harry. A fresh work crew is a relay, and so is an electrical switch that can turn a second circuit on.

Primary Meanings of relay

1.
nv
the act of passing something along from one person or group to another
pass along
2.
nv
electrical device such that current flowing through it in one circuit can switch on and off a current in a second circuit
control or operate by relay
Full Definitions of relay
1

n the act of passing something along from one person or group to another

“the relay was successful”
Type of:
handing over, passage
the act of passing something to another person

n a race between teams; each member runs or swims part of the distance

Synonyms:
relay race
Types:
torch race
(ancient Greece) in which a torch is passed from one runner to the next
Type of:
race
a contest of speed

n a crew of workers who relieve another crew

Type of:
shift
a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time

n a fresh team to relieve weary draft animals

Type of:
team
two or more draft animals that work together to pull something

v pass along

“Please relay the news to the villagers”
Type of:
communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across
transmit information
2

n electrical device such that current flowing through it in one circuit can switch on and off a current in a second circuit

Synonyms:
electrical relay
Type of:
electrical device
a device that produces or is powered by electricity

v control or operate by relay

Type of:
control, operate
handle and cause to function

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