Definition of Clay

1. Noun. A very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired.

2. Noun. Water soaked soil; soft wet earth.
Exact synonyms: Mud
Specialized synonyms: Bleaching Clay, Bleaching Earth, Mud Pie, Mire, Slop
Generic synonyms: Dirt, Soil
Derivative terms: Mud, Mud, Muddy

3. Noun. United States general who commanded United States forces in Europe from 1945 to 1949 and who oversaw the Berlin airlift (1897-1978).
Exact synonyms: Lucius Clay, Lucius Dubignon Clay
Generic synonyms: Full General, General

4. Noun. United States politician responsible for the Missouri Compromise between free and slave states (1777-1852).

5. Noun. The dead body of a human being. "Honor comes to bless the turf that wraps their clay"
Exact synonyms: Cadaver, Corpse, Remains, Stiff
Generic synonyms: Body, Dead Body
Specialized synonyms: Cremains
Derivative terms: Cadaveric, Cadaverous
Language type: Slang

Definition of Clay

1. n. A soft earth, which is plastic, or may be molded with the hands, consisting of hydrous silicate of aluminium. It is the result of the wearing down and decomposition, in part, of rocks containing aluminous minerals, as granite. Lime, magnesia, oxide of iron, and other ingredients, are often present as impurities.

2. v. t. To cover or manure with clay.

Definition of Clay

1. Proper noun. (surname from=Middle English) ¹

2. Proper noun. (surnames male given name) transferred from the surname. ¹

3. Proper noun. (diminutive=Clayton male given name). ¹

4. Noun. A mineral substance made up of small crystals of silica and alumina, that is ductile when moist; the material of pre-fired ceramics. ¹

5. Noun. An earth material with ductile qualities. ¹

6. Noun. (tennis) A tennis court surface. ¹

7. Noun. (biblical) The material of the human body. ¹

8. Noun. (geology) A particle less than 3.9 microns in diameter, following the Wentworth scale ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To add clay to, to spread clay onto. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive of sugar) To purify using clay. ¹

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Definition of Clay

1. to treat with clay (a fine-grained, earthy material) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Clay

1. Particles in siliciclastic sediment that are smaller than 0.0039 millimetres in size, according to the Udden-Wentworth scale. Clay and silt are collectively classified as mud. A collective term for a large group of minerals that are found in great abundance in extremely fine-grained sediments or sedimentary rocks (i.e. Shales). (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Clay

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clay pigeon
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clay sculpture
clay shoveler's fracture
clay up

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