From (etyl) , of uncertain origin.
(by extension) A new set of anything.
* Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son
A series of vehicles travelling in sequence.
(athletics) A track and field discipline where runners take turns in carrying a baton from start to finish. Most common events are 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter competitions.
(electronics) An electrical actuator that allows a relatively small electrical voltage or current to control a larger voltage or current.
- There is a snaky gleam in her hard grey eye, as of anticipated rounds of buttered toast, relays of hot chops, worryings and quellings of young children, sharp snappings at poor Berry, and all the other delights of her Ogress's castle.
* relay race
(obsolete, intransitive, hunting) To release a new set of hounds.
To pass on or transfer (information).
* (to relay a message) convey
a large group of people, animals or things, compact or closely massed, or tightly knit and united in common purpose.
* 2007 , The Guardian, [http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2073710,00.html]
* 2007 , The Guardian, [http://www.guardian.co.uk/freedom/Story/0,,2065311,00.html]
- There, the Paisleyites were being held back by another phalanx of soldiers and policemen.
One of the bones of the finger or toe.
An ancient Greek and Macedonian military unit that consisted of several ranks and files (lines) of soldiers in close array with joined shields and long spears.
(historical sociology) A Fourierite utopian community; a phalanstery.
- The Guardian today listed a phalanx of ministers who back the bill, including Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary, Tony McNulty, the policing minister, Andy Burnham, the junior health minister, Ian Pearson, the climate change minister, John Healey, the financial secretary to the Treasury, and Keith Hill, parliamentary private secretary to Tony Blair
* (bone of the finger) distal phalanx, intermediate phalanx, proximal phalanx