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  1. re·lay
  2. noun

    • 1. a group of people or animals engaged in a task or activity for a fixed period of time and then replaced by a similar group:

      the wagons were pulled by relays of horses gangs of workers were sent in relays
    • 2. a race between teams usually of sprinters or swimmers, each team member in turn covering part of the total distance:

      a 550-meter relay race
    • 3. an electrical device, typically incorporating an electromagnet, which is activated by a current or signal in one circuit to open or close another circuit.

    • 4. a device to receive, reinforce, and retransmit a broadcast or program:

      TV transmitters and relay stations
    • 5. a message or program transmitted by a relay:

      a relay of a performance live from the concert hall

    verb

    • 1. receive and pass on (information or a message):

      she intended to relay everything she had learned
    • 2. broadcast (something) by passing signals received from elsewhere through a transmitting station:

      the speech was relayed live from the White House
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: relay, plural noun: relays

    • verb

      lay again or differently:
    • noun

      a group of people or animals engaged in a task or activity for a period of time and then replaced by a similar group:

      a race between teams of runners, each team member in turn covering part of the total distance:

    • verb

      receive and pass on (information or a message):

      broadcast (something) by passing signals received from elsewhere through a transmitting station:

    • verb

      lay again or differently:
    • noun

      an event during which a ceremonial torch is carried on a designated route by a succession of torchbearers:
    • noun

      an event during which a ceremonial torch is carried on a designated route by a succession of torchbearers:
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