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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A race between two or more teams, in which each team member participates in only a set part of the race and is then relieved by another member of the team.

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  • n. A sports contest, where the members of a team take turns e.g. swimming, running or skiing parts of a circuit and/or performing certain action.

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  • n. a race between teams; each member runs or swims part of the distance


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  • During a relay race, members of a team take turns swimming or running (usually with a baton) parts of a circuit or performing a certain action. Relay races take the form of professional races and amateur games. In the Olympic games, there are many types of relay races that are part of track and field.

    February 4, 2008