What does clay mean?

Definitions for claykleɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clay(noun)

    a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired

  2. mud, clay(noun)

    water soaked soil; soft wet earth

  3. Clay, Lucius Clay, Lucius DuBignon Clay(noun)

    United States general who commanded United States forces in Europe from 1945 to 1949 and who oversaw the Berlin airlift (1897-1978)

  4. Clay, Henry Clay, the Great Compromiser(noun)

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

  5. cadaver, corpse, stiff, clay, remains(noun)

    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"


  1. clay(Noun)

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

  2. clay(Noun)

    An earth material with ductile qualities.

  3. clay(Noun)

    A tennis court surface.

    The French Open is played on clay.

  4. clay(Noun)

    The material of the human body.

  5. clay(Noun)

    A particle less than 3.9 microns in diameter, following the Wentworth scale

  6. clay(Verb)

    To add clay to, to spread clay onto.

  7. clay(Verb)

    To purify using clay.

  8. Clay(ProperNoun)

    transferred from the surname.

  9. Clay(ProperNoun)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Clay(noun)

    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. Clay(noun)

    earth in general, as representing the elementary particles of the human body; hence, the human body as formed from such particles

  3. Clay(verb)

    to cover or manure with clay

  4. Clay(verb)

    to clarify by filtering through clay, as sugar

  5. Origin: [AS. clg; akin to LG. klei, D. klei, and perh. to AS. clm clay, L. glus, gluten glue, Gr. gloio`s glutinous substance, E. glue. Cf. Clog.]


  1. Clay

    Clay is a general term including many combinations of one or more clay minerals with traces of metal oxides and organic matter. Geologic clay deposits are mostly composed of phyllosilicate minerals containing variable amounts of water trapped in the mineral structure.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clay

    klā, n. a tenacious ductile earth: earth in general: the human body: short for clay-pipe, a tobacco-pipe made of baked clay.—v.t. to purify with clay, as sugar.—adjs. Clay′-brained (Shak.), stupid; Clay′-cold, cold as clay, lifeless.—n. Clay′-eat′er, one addicted to chewing a fatty clay—in Brazil and elsewhere.—adjs. Clayed, clay-like; Clay′ey, made of clay: covered with clay.—n. Clay′-ground, ground consisting mainly of clay.—adj. Clay′ish, of the nature of clay.—ns. Clay′-marl, a whitish chalky clay; Clay′-mill, a mill for preparing clay; Clay′-slate, an argillaceous rock, splitting readily into thin sheets; Clay′stone, one of the concretionary nodules in alluvial deposits.—Wet one's clay, to drink. [A.S. clæg; cf. Dan. klæg, Ger. klei.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clay' in Nouns Frequency: #2113

Anagrams for clay »

  1. acyl, lacy, Lacy

  2. Acyl

  3. Lacy


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clay in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Antoine de Rivarol:

    Gold like the sun, which melts wax, but hardens clay, expands great souls.

  2. Stan Wawrinka:

    It's going to be a bit different here, it's on indoor clay and there will be more pressure.

  3. The Hitopadesa:

    The potter forms what he pleases with soft clay, so a man accomplishes his works by his own act.

  4. Van Valkenburgh:

    They were awesome, they had to dig out under Maverick to release the suction the clay had on him.

  5. Bhartrihari:

    A good man may fall, but he falls like a ball [and rebounds]; the ignoble man falls like a lump of clay.

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