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clay

 (klā)
n.
1.
a. A fine-grained, firm earthy material that is plastic when wet and hardens when heated, consisting primarily of hydrated silicates of aluminum and widely used in making bricks, tiles, and pottery.
b. A hardening or nonhardening material having a consistency similar to clay and used for modeling.
2. Geology A sedimentary material with grains smaller than 0.002 millimeter in diameter.
3. Moist sticky earth; mud.
4. The human body as opposed to the spirit.

[Middle English clei, from Old English clæg.]

clay′ey (klā′ē), clay′ish adj.

clay

(kleɪ)
n
1. (Geological Science) a very fine-grained material that consists of hydrated aluminium silicate, quartz, and organic fragments and occurs as sedimentary rocks, soils, and other deposits. It becomes plastic when moist but hardens on heating and is used in the manufacture of bricks, cement, ceramics, etc.
2. earth or mud in general
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) poetic the material of the human body
vb
(tr) to cover or mix with clay
[Old English clǣg; related to Old High German klīa, Norwegian kli, Latin glūs glue, Greek gloios sticky oil]
ˈclayey, ˈclayish, ˈclayˌlike adj

Clay

(kleɪ)
n
1. (Biography) Cassius. See Muhammad Ali
2. (Biography) Henry. 1777–1852, US statesman and orator; secretary of state (1825–29)

clay

(kleɪ)
n.
1. a natural earthy material that is plastic when wet, consisting essentially of hydrated silicates of aluminum: used for making bricks, pottery, etc.
2. earth; mud.
3. earth regarded as the material from which the human body was formed.
4. the human body, esp. as distinguished from the spirit or soul.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English clǣg, c. Old Frisian klāy, Middle Dutch, Middle Low German klei]
clay′ish, clay′like`, adj.

Clay

(kleɪ)

n.
1. Cassius Marcellus, 1810–1903, U.S. antislavery leader.
2. Cassius Marcellus, Jr., original name of Muhammad Ali.
3. Henry, 1777–1852, U.S. statesman and orator.
4. Lucius (DuBignon), 1897–1978, U.S. general.

clay

(klā)
A stiff, sticky, earthy material that is soft and flexible when wet and consists mainly of various silicates of aluminum. It is widely used to make bricks, pottery, and tiles.

clay


Past participle: clayed
Gerund: claying

Imperative
clay
clay
Present
I clay
you clay
he/she/it clays
we clay
you clay
they clay
Preterite
I clayed
you clayed
he/she/it clayed
we clayed
you clayed
they clayed
Present Continuous
I am claying
you are claying
he/she/it is claying
we are claying
you are claying
they are claying
Present Perfect
I have clayed
you have clayed
he/she/it has clayed
we have clayed
you have clayed
they have clayed
Past Continuous
I was claying
you were claying
he/she/it was claying
we were claying
you were claying
they were claying
Past Perfect
I had clayed
you had clayed
he/she/it had clayed
we had clayed
you had clayed
they had clayed
Future
I will clay
you will clay
he/she/it will clay
we will clay
you will clay
they will clay
Future Perfect
I will have clayed
you will have clayed
he/she/it will have clayed
we will have clayed
you will have clayed
they will have clayed
Future Continuous
I will be claying
you will be claying
he/she/it will be claying
we will be claying
you will be claying
they will be claying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been claying
you have been claying
he/she/it has been claying
we have been claying
you have been claying
they have been claying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been claying
you will have been claying
he/she/it will have been claying
we will have been claying
you will have been claying
they will have been claying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been claying
you had been claying
he/she/it had been claying
we had been claying
you had been claying
they had been claying
Conditional
I would clay
you would clay
he/she/it would clay
we would clay
you would clay
they would clay
Past Conditional
I would have clayed
you would have clayed
he/she/it would have clayed
we would have clayed
you would have clayed
they would have clayed

clay

1. The potter’s basic material, found just below the topsoil, formed by decomposition of rock: kaolin or china clay, a pure white, coarse clay; ball clay, a highly plastic, fine pure clay; fireclay, a dark rough clay, able to stand high temperatures, but not plastic; buff or stoneware, a smooth plastic clay hardening at high temperatures.
2. Sheet-like silicates held together by water. Clays tend to be plastic when wet and hard or powdery when dry.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clay - a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when firedclay - a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired
brick - rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln; used as a building or paving material
clayware, pottery - ceramic ware made from clay and baked in a kiln
adobe - the clay from which adobe bricks are made
argil - a white clay (especially a white clay used by potters)
atomic number 14, Si, silicon - a tetravalent nonmetallic element; next to oxygen it is the most abundant element in the earth's crust; occurs in clay and feldspar and granite and quartz and sand; used as a semiconductor in transistors
china clay, china stone, kaolin, kaoline, porcelain clay, terra alba - a fine usually white clay formed by the weathering of aluminous minerals (as feldspar); used in ceramics and as an absorbent and as a filler (e.g., in paper)
red clay - clay whose redness results from iron oxide
pipeclay, terra alba - fine white clay used in making tobacco pipes and pottery and in whitening leather
bentonite - an absorbent aluminum silicate clay formed from volcanic ash
fireclay - a heat-resistant clay
Kitty Litter - granulated clay; placed in a container where it absorbs the waste products of a cat or dog
potter's clay, potter's earth - clay that does not contain any iron; used in making pottery or for modeling
daub - material used to daub walls
dirt, soil - the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
roofing tile, tile - a thin flat slab of fired clay used for roofing
2.clay - water soaked soilclay - water soaked soil; soft wet earth  
bleaching clay, bleaching earth - an adsorbent clay that will remove coloring from oils
mud pie - a mass of mud that a child has molded into the shape of pie
dirt, soil - the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
mire, slop - deep soft mud in water or slush; "they waded through the slop"
3.Clay - United States general who commanded United States forces in Europe from 1945 to 1949 and who oversaw the Berlin airlift (1897-1978)
4.clay - United States politician responsible for the Missouri Compromise between free and slave states (1777-1852)Clay - United States politician responsible for the Missouri Compromise between free and slave states (1777-1852)
5.clay - the dead body of a human beingclay - the dead body of a human being; "the cadaver was intended for dissection"; "the end of the police search was the discovery of a corpse"; "the murderer confessed that he threw the stiff in the river"; "honor comes to bless the turf that wraps their clay"
dead body, body - a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person; "they found the body in the lake"
cremains - the remains of a dead body after cremation

clay

noun
Related words
adjective figuline
Translations
صَلْصالطين خَزَفي، صَلْصال
hlína
ler
savi
glina
agyag
leir
粘土
점토
molis
māls
hlina
glina
lera
ดินเหนียว
đất sét

clay

[kleɪ]
A. Narcilla f, barro m
B. CPD clay court N (Tennis) → pista f de tierra batida
clay pigeon Nplato m de barro (US) (fig) (= victim) → víctima f
clay pigeon shooting Ntiro m al plato, tiro m al pichón
clay pipe Npipa f de cerámica
clay pit Npozo m de arcilla

clay

[ˈkleɪ]
n (= substance) → argile f
a lump of clay → un morceau d'argile
to have feet of clay → avoir des pieds d'argile
modif
clay pipe → pipe f en terre
clay pot → pot m d'argileclay court n (TENNIS)court m en terre battueclay pigeon npigeon m d'argileclay-pigeon shooting [ˌkleɪˈpɪdʒɪnʃuːtɪŋ] nball-trap m

clay

nLehm m; to have feet of clay or (US) clay feeteinen Makel auf seiner weißen Weste haben ? also potter1

clay

:
clay pigeon
nTontaube f
clay pigeon shooting
clay pipe
nTonpfeife f

clay

[kleɪ] n (gen) → argilla; (for pottery) → creta, argilla

clay

(klei) noun
a soft, sticky type of earth which is often baked into pottery, china, bricks etc.

clay

صَلْصال hlína ler Lehm πηλός arcilla savi argile glina argilla 粘土 점토 klei leire glina argila глина lera ดินเหนียว kil đất sét 粘土
References in classic literature ?
Stafford owes much of its wealth to the large deposits of the rare china clay found in it from time to time.
He constructed his cabin of small logs about six inches in diameter, stopping the chinks with clay which he found at the depth of a few feet beneath the surface soil.
Clay, but there's a fellow in your brick-yard flogging two horses to death.
Say, I bumped into something big this mornin' when I was goin' to fetch Ramona," Billy said, the clay pit trouble banished for the time.
With two spatulate hands the handling-machine was digging out and flinging masses of clay into the pear-shaped receptacle above, while with another arm it periodically opened a door and removed rusty and black- ened clinkers from the middle part of the machine.
From situation, Mrs Clay was, in Lady Russell's estimate, a very unequal, and in her character she believed a very dangerous companion; and a removal that would leave Mrs Clay behind, and bring a choice of more suitable intimates within Miss Elliot's reach, was therefore an object of first-rate importance.
He uttered little crooning noises, alternating with sharp cries akin to pain, half-ecstatic, half-petulant, as he drew a black clay pipe from a hole in his ear-lobe, and into the bowl of it, with trembling fingers, untwisted and crumbled the cheap leaf of spoiled Virginia crop.
She was clay, after all, mere clay, subject to the common law of clay as his clay was subject, or anybody's clay.
He showed Huck the frag- ment of candle-wick perched on a lump of clay against the wall, and described how he and Becky had watched the flame struggle and expire.
Even the wretched bush-slaves, who had trembled through all the time of their captivity from fear of being eaten, received each a clay pipe and several sticks of tobacco.
He curled himself up in his chair, with his thin knees drawn up to his hawk-like nose, and there he sat with his eyes closed and his black clay pipe thrusting out like the bill of some strange bird.
But as clay in the abstract, when too much moistened, becomes of a weak and uncertain consistency, breaking down in unexpected places, retaining impressions but faintly, and preserving no strength or steadiness of character, so Mr Swiveller's clay, having imbibed a considerable quantity of moisture, was in a very loose and slippery state, insomuch that the various ideas impressed upon it were fast losing their distinctive character, and running into each other.