clay meaning

[ klei ] Pronunciation:   "clay" in a sentence
Noun: clay  kley
  1. A very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired 
  2. Water soaked soil; soft wet earth
    - mud 
  3. The dead body of a human being
    "honour comes to bless the turf that wraps their clay"
    - cadaver, corpse, stiff, remains
Noun: Clay  kley
  1. United States general who commanded United States forces in Europe from 1945 to 1949 and who oversaw the Berlin airlift (1897-1978)
    - Lucius Clay, Lucius DuBignon Clay 
  2. United States politician responsible for the Missouri Compromise between free and slave states (1777-1852)
    - Henry Clay, the Great Compromiser

Derived forms: clays

Type of: body, dead body, dirt, full general, general, pol [N. Amer], political leader, politician, politico, pollie [Austral], polly [Austral], soil

Part of: brick, clayware, pottery, roofing tile, tile

Encyclopedia: Clay, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Henry Clay, James Clay, Alabama Clay Clay, AL Clay, Al Clay, New York Clay, WV Clay, West Virginia Clay, Michigan Clay, KY Clay, Kentucky Clay, Lucius Dubignon

[American slang]
n. good-quality hashish.
• I like the feel of this clay. I'll take it.
• Ask Bruno where you can dig up some clay.


A fine-grained, cohesive, natural earthy material; plastic when sufficiently wet; rigid when dried; vitrified when heated in a kiln to a sufficiently high temperature; used in making brick, as wall infilling, and as daub in wattle-and-daub.

[Oil and gas]
A term used for particles smaller than 4 microns regardless of mineral composition.


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  1. clay contains available nutrient elements.
  2. the temper of the clay was right for shaping.
  3. this will occur both in sands and clays.
  4. the clay oxen plunge into the sea and vanish.
  5. i went between the walls of clay.

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