Diode A device which allows current to flow in only one direction.
Relay An electrically operated switch, for example a 9V battery circuit connected to the coil can switch an AC mains circuit. The rectangle represents the coil. NO = Normally Open, COM = Common, NC = Normally Closed.
A variable capacitor is used in a radio tuner.
Preset variable resistor A preset is operated with a small screwdriver or similar tool. It is designed to be set when the circuit is made and then left without further adjustment. Presets are cheaper than standard variable resistors so they are sometimes used in projects to reduce the cost.