Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To lay again; to lay a second time;
relaisrelaxation, discontinuance, It.
rilassorelay), fr. OF.
relaissierto abandon, release, fr. L.
A supply of anything arranged beforehand for affording relief from time to time, or at successive stages; provision for successive relief.Specifically:
A supply of horses placced at stations to be in readiness to relieve others, so that a trveler may proceed without delay.
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.
A number of men who relieve others in carrying on some work.
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.
the local battery which is brought into use by the action of the relay magnet, or relay.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A supply of horses placed on the road to be in readiness to relieve others, that a traveler may proceed without delay.
2.Hunting dogs kept in readiness at certain places to pursue the game, when the dogs that have been in pursuit are weary.