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 for relay
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Relay \Re*lay"\ (r?-l?"), n. [F. relais (cf. OF. relais
     relaxation, discontinuance, It. rilascio release, relief,
     rilasso relay), fr. OF. relaissier to abandon, release, fr.
     L. relaxare. See Relax.]
     1. A supply of anything arranged beforehand for affording
        relief from time to time, or at successive stages;
        provision for successive relief. Specifically:
        (a) A supply of horses placced at stations to be in
            readiness to relieve others, so that a trveler may
            proceed without delay.
        (b) 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.
        (c) A number of men who relieve others in carrying on some
            [1913 Webster]
     2. (Elec.) 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.
        [1913 Webster]
     Relay battery (Elec.), the local battery which is brought
        into use by the action of the relay magnet, or relay.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Relay \Re*lay"\ (r?-l?"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Relaid (-l?d);
     p. pr. & vb. n. Relaying.] [Pref. re- + lay, v.]
     To lay again; to lay a second time; as, to relay a pavement.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Relay \Re*lay"\, a. (Mach.)
     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.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of passing something along from one person or group
           to another; "the relay was successful"
      2: a crew of workers who relieve another crew
      3: a fresh team to relieve weary draft animals
      4: a race between teams; each member runs or swims part of the
         distance [syn: relay, relay race]
      5: electrical device such that current flowing through it in one
         circuit can switch on and off a current in a second circuit
         [syn: relay, electrical relay]
      v 1: pass along; "Please relay the news to the villagers"
      2: control or operate by relay

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  194 Moby Thesaurus words for "relay":
     Le Mans, adder, air race, alternator, analytical control unit,
     analyzer, anchor watch, anode, armature, assign, autoconverter,
     automobile race, autostarter, autotransformer, battery charger,
     bicycle race, bit, boat race, brush, cap, capacitor, carry over,
     cathode, charger, choking coil, coder, coil, collator, communicate,
     commutator, compensator, compiler, condenser, consign,
     contest of speed, controller, converter, coupling,
     cross-country race, cutout, dash, day shift, decoder, deliver,
     deport, derby, detector, differential, diffuse, disseminate,
     distributor, divider, dog race, dogwatch, drag race, dynamo,
     dynamotor, electrode, electrophorus, electroscope, endurance race,
     expel, export, extradite, footrace, full time, fuse, galvanic pile,
     galvanoscope, generator, graveyard shift, grid, ground, half time,
     hand forward, hand on, hand over, heat, hurdle race, ignition,
     impart, import, inductor, insulator, integrator, interrupter,
     jumper, lap, lightning rod, lobster trick, magnet, magneto,
     magnetoscope, make over, marathon, marathon race, match race,
     memory tubes, metastasize, metathesize, motor-generator,
     motorcycle race, multiplier, night shift, obstacle race,
     oscillator, oscilloscope, outlet, overtime, part time, pass,
     pass on, pass over, pass the buck, perfuse, phase discriminator,
     pile, plug, pocket, points, position coder, potato race, printer,
     push button, race, reactor, receptacle, receptor, rectifier,
     regatta, relay race, resistance box, resistor, rheostat, road race,
     run, sack race, selector, self-starter, selsyn, shift, shunt,
     socket, spark coil, spark plug, speedway race, split schedule,
     split shift, spread, sprint, sprint race, starter,
     step-down transformer, stint, stock-car race, storage unit,
     sunrise watch, swing shift, switch, synchronous converter, tap,
     terminal, three-legged race, time, time switch, timer,
     toggle switch, torch race, tour, tour of duty, track race,
     transfer, transfer property, transformer, transfuse, translate,
     translocate, transmit, transmitter, transplace, transplant,
     transpose, trick, trickle charger, turn, turn of work, turn over,
     voltage changer, voltage regulator, voltage transformer, walk,
     watch, work shift, yacht race

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