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[ree-leyd] /riˈleɪd/
simple past tense and past participle of re-lay.


or relay

[ree-ley] /riˈleɪ/
verb (used with object), re-laid, re-laying.
to lay again.
Origin of re-lay
1580-90; re- + lay1
Can be confused
re-lay, relay.


[n. ree-ley; v. ree-ley, ri-ley] /n. ˈri leɪ; v. ˈri leɪ, rɪˈleɪ/
a series of persons relieving one another or taking turns; shift.
a fresh set of dogs or horses posted in readiness for use in a hunt, on a journey, etc.
  1. relay race.
  2. a length or leg in a relay race.
Machinery. an 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.
Electricity. 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.
(initial capital letter) U.S. Aerospace. one of an early series of experimental low-altitude, active communications satellites.
verb (used with object), relayed, relaying.
to carry forward by or as if by relays:
to relay a message.
to provide with or replace by fresh relays.
Electricity. to retransmit (a signal, message, etc.) by or as if by means of a telegraphic relay.
verb (used without object), relayed, relaying.
Electricity. to retransmit a signal or message electronically.
1375-1425; (v.) late Middle English relaien to unleash fresh hounds in a hunt < Middle French relaier, Old French: to leave behind, release, equivalent to re- re- + laier to leave, dialectal variant of laissier < Latin laxāre (see relax); (noun) late Middle English relai set of fresh hounds < Middle French, derivative of relaier


[ree-ley] /riˈleɪ/
verb (used with object), relaid, relaying.
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Examples from the Web for relaid
Historical Examples
  • Why, I've seen these pavements laid and relaid for seventy years and I remember all the men who walked over them.

    The Wheel of Life Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
  • As the roots cannot be forced or wired out, the sewer must be relaid.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • The five miles of Neale's section of road that the commissioners had judged at fault had been torn up, resurveyed, and relaid.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • The fifth also relaid his head on the stone, and immediately his eyes closed.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • The old metaphysical systems failed; but we have relaid the foundations of life and thought upon the solid ground of nature.

  • Submarine telegraph between England and France completed, but had to be relaid.

  • When Mr. Mller and Mr. Craik began joint work in Bristol, foundations needed to be relaid.

    George Muller of Bristol Arthur T. Pierson
  • The cross-overs, E and F, are taken up occasionally and relaid near the advancing ends of the cut and dump.

  • Floors and ceilings were relaid; the roof was made watertight again, and the dust of half a century was scoured out.

  • Thus the pavement is perpetually torn up and relaid, each removal rendering it more unfit for travel.

British Dictionary definitions for relaid


noun (ˈriːleɪ)
a person or team of people relieving others, as on a shift
a fresh team of horses, dogs, etc, posted at intervals along a route to relieve others
the act of relaying or process of being relayed
  1. short for relay race
  2. one of the sections of a relay race
an automatic device that controls the setting of a valve, switch, etc, by means of an electric motor, solenoid, or pneumatic mechanism
(electronics) an electrical device in which a small change in current or voltage controls the switching on or off of circuits or other devices
  1. a combination of a receiver and transmitter designed to receive radio signals and retransmit them, in order to extend their range
  2. (as modifier): a relay station
verb (transitive) (rɪˈleɪ)
to carry or spread (something, such as news or information) by relays
to supply or replace with relays
to retransmit (a signal) by means of a relay
(Brit) to broadcast (a performance) by sending out signals through a transmitting station: this concert is being relayed from the Albert Hall
Word Origin
C15 relaien, from Old French relaier to leave behind, from re- + laier to leave, ultimately from Latin laxāre to loosen; see relax
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Word Origin and History for relaid



late 14c., "hounds placed along a line of chase," from Middle French relai "reserve pack of hounds or other animals" (13c.), from Old French relaier "to exchange tired animals for fresh," literally "leave behind," from re- "back" (see re-) + laier "to leave" (see delay (v.)). The etymological sense is "to leave (dogs) behind (in order to take fresh ones)." Of horses, 1650s. Electromagnetic sense first recorded 1860. As a type of foot-race, it is attested from 1898.


c.1400, "to set a pack of (fresh) hounds after a quarry;" also "change horses," from Old French relaiier, from relai (see relay (n.)). Related: Relayed; relaying.



"to lay again," 1590s, from re- + lay (v.). Related: Re-laid; re-laying.

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relaid in Science
An electrical switch that is operated by an electromagnet, such as a solenoid. When a small current passes through the electromagnet's coiled wire, it produces a magnetic field that attracts a movable iron bar, causing it to pivot and open or close the switch.
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