Pronunciation: (rē-lā'), [key]
v.t., -laid, -lay•ing.
to lay again. Also,relay.


Pronunciation: (
v.rē'lā, ri-lā'),
n., v., -layed, -lay•ing.

1. a series of persons relieving one another or taking turns; shift.
2. a fresh set of dogs or horses posted in readiness for use in a hunt, on a journey, etc.
3. Sports.
a. See relay race.
b. a length or leg in a relay race.
4. automatic control device in which the settings of valves, switches, etc., are regulated by a powered element, as a motor, solenoid, or pneumatic mechanism actuated by a smaller, sensitive element.
5. Elect.a device, usually consisting of an electromagnet and an armature, by which a change of current or voltage in one circuit is used to make or break a connection in another circuit or to affect the operation of other devices in the same or another circuit.
6. (cap.) U.S. of an early series of experimental low-altitude, active communications satellites.

1. to carry forward by or as if by relays: to relay a message.
2. to provide with or replace by fresh relays.
3. retransmit (a signal, message, etc.) by or as if by means of a telegraphic relay.

v.i. retransmit a signal or message electronically.


Pronunciation: (rē-lā'), [key]
v.t., -laid, -lay•ing.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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