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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
clay1 /kleɪ/USA pronunciation
n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Chemistry, Geologya natural earthy material that is stiff and sticky when wet, used for making bricks, pottery, etc.:They baked the clay in the sun into bricks.
- Chemistry, Geologya natural earthy material that is plastic when wet, consisting essentially of hydrated silicates of aluminum: used for making bricks, pottery, etc.
- earth, esp. regarded as the material from which the human body was formed.
- the human body, esp. as distinguished from the spirit or soul;
- human character as estimated according to fineness of constitution, endowments, etc.:The saints and heroes seem of a different clay from most of us.
- to treat or mix with clay;
cover, daub, or fill with clay.
- to filter through clay.
Old English clǣg, cognate with Dutch, German Klei, akin to glue
- a lusterless serge having a rough texture. Also called clay′ wor′sted.
Etymology:perh. short for clay drab clay-colored cloth
- MonarchyBertha M. (Charlotte Monica Braeme), 1836–84, English author: originator of a long series of romantic novels.
- MonarchyCassius Marcellus, 1810–1903, U.S. antislavery leader and diplomat.
- MonarchyCassius Marcellus, Jr., original name of Muhammad Ali.
- MonarchyHenry, 1777–1852, U.S. statesman and orator.
1897–1978, U.S. general.
- a male given name.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
clay /kleɪ/ n
Etymology: Old English clǣg; related to Old High German klīa, Norwegian kli, Latin glūs glue, Greek gloios sticky oilˈclayey, ˈclayish, ˈclayˌlike adj
- 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
- earth or mud in general
- poetic the material of the human body
Clay /kleɪ/ n
- Henry. 1777–1852, US statesman and orator; secretary of state (1825–29)