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the act of passing something along from one person or group to another

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a crew of workers who relieve another crew

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a fresh team to relieve weary draft animals

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a race between teams

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electrical device such that current flowing through it in one circuit can switch on and off a current in a second circuit

control or operate by relay

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The horses are of my own breeding, and relays of them shall take us all the way.
I could not see the slightest chance of escaping them, for they were over-hauling us rapidly now, since they were able to work their paddles in relays, while we three were rapidly wearying beneath the constant strain that had been put upon us.
Every saloon ran open, with extra relays of exhausted bartenders, and the drinks were given away.
The entrance of Mrs Browdie, with a smart cap on, and very many apologies for their having been detected in the act of breakfasting in the kitchen, stopped John in his discussion of this grave subject, and hastened the breakfast: which, being composed of vast mounds of toast, new-laid eggs, boiled ham, Yorkshire pie, and other cold substantials (of which heavy relays were constantly appearing from another kitchen under the direction of a very plump servant), was admirably adapted to the cold bleak morning, and received the utmost justice from all parties.
He was, in fact, a thorough Bohemian, adventurous, but not an adventurer; a hare-brained fellow, a kind of Icarus, only possessing relays of wings.
Darya Alexandrovna had to consent, and on the day fixed Levin had ready for his sister-in-law a set of four horses and relays, getting them together from the farm- and saddle-horses--not at all a smart-looking set, but capable of taking Darya Alexandrovna the whole distance in a single day.
The landlord was all obsequious, and a relay of about seven negroes, old and young, male and female, little and big, were soon whizzing about, like a covey of partridges, bustling, hurrying, treading on each other's toes, and tumbling over each other, in their zeal to get Mas'r's room ready, while he seated himself easily on a chair in the middle of the room, and entered into conversation with the man who sat next to him.
In fact, the horse had been brought back from the relay by the direction of the prelate, from whom no detail escaped.
The postilion of this relay is deaf and dumb, monseigneur.
Joan and Sheldon, both armed, went through the barracks, house by house, the boss-boys assisting, and half a dozen messengers, in relay, shouting along the line the names of the boys wanted.
And had he been right in this conjecture, he most probably would have overtaken his angel at the aforesaid place; but unluckily my lord had appointed a dinner to be prepared for him at his own house in London, and, in order to enable him to reach that place in proper time, he had ordered a relay of horses to meet him at St Albans.
On a certain day, some wretched infant having purchased the damp gingerbread-horse (fearfully out of condition), and the adhesive bird-cage, which had been exposed for the day's sale, he had taken a tin box from under his stool to produce a relay of those dreadful specimens, and was going to look in at the lid, when he said to himself, pausing: 'Oh
The system now includes SEL protective relays and communications processors as part of an upgraded power scheme designed to improve uptime, efficiency, and safety.
The friendly challenge resulted in the some of the most dominant performances in the division's five-year history, as Oaks Christian set five division records - including all three relays - on their way to a division-best 349 points, the third-highest score by a boys' swim and dive team in the 84-year history of the boys' championship meet.