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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
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Lifting an edge of the sheet he pulled it away, exposing the entire body, altogether naked and showing in the candle-light a claylike yellow.
domingensis), of a principally organic and waterlogged nature, while the soil of the grasslands was mostly sandy or sandy and claylike in nature, and partially waterlogged.
During the case priming step at both Federal and CCI, rimfire priming mix is handled in a wet, claylike state.
Caption: The first hole drilled (left) to sample the surface of Mars revealed traces of claylike minerals called phyllosilicates (far right) in the rock that did not appear in the Rocknest sand.
Since the material is designed for simple workability in both thick and thin applications, users can simply add water, mix and sculpt the claylike substance into limitless shapes or forms--custom planters, vases, bowls, address tiles, garden sculptures and furniture items among them.
The eggs have been rendered in a claylike paper that lends additional texture to the work.
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63,68) Grossly, the sinus contents from AFRS patients are described as inspissated, claylike material that is green, brown, or grayish in color.
The test film was lost, but according to Edward Van Sloan (1882-1964) Lugosi's head "was about four times normal size, with a broad wig on it; he had a polished, claylike skin" (apud Fischer 1991: 401).
The handsome, claylike folds of his young body have been hand-tinted orange and magenta, the color applied in a maze-like pattern.
The type of soil can affect the uptake of metals, and the claylike dirt in many contaminated areas is especially difficult for plants to draw metals from.
Estephe of a thick, dense claylike soil with inferior drainage and lower heat retention results in wines that are more acidic, and a bit awkward when compared to wines that come from finer, gravelly soils.