Definitions of clay

  1. the dead body of a human being
  2. water soaked soil; soft wet earth
  3. United States politician known as the Great Compromiser; responsible for the Missouri Compromise between free and slave states ( 1777- 1852)
  4. United States general who commanded United States forces in Europe from 1945 to 1949 and who oversaw the Berlin airlift ( 1897- 1978)
  5. soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired
  6. United States politician responsible for the Missouri Compromise between free and slave states ( 1777- 1852)
  7. a very fine- grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired
  8. 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.
  9. Earth in general, as representing the elementary particles of the human body; hence, the human body as formed from such particles.
  10. To cover or manure with clay.
  11. To clarify by filtering through clay, as sugar.
  12. Soft, plastic earth; anything easily molded.
  13. Made of, or like, clay.
  14. Clayey.
  15. A tenacious ductile earth: earth in general.
  16. To purify with clay, as sugar.
  17. A plastic earth.
  18. A common plastic earth; the human body.
  19. Formed or consisting of clay. See Glue.
  20. Soft tenacious plastic earth; earth; the material part of the human organism.
  21. To cover or manure with clay; to purify and whiten with clay, as sugar; to puddle with clay.
  22. A tenacious, tough, and plastic kind of earth; earth in general; frailty; liability to decay.
  23. To cover with clay; to purify and whiten with clay, as sugar.

Usage examples for clay

  1. Examine carefully and see what you can find in it that is not in sand or clay. – Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study by Ontario Ministry of Education
  2. Thurston explained that they were, after all, only poor human clay like the rest of mankind, and to prepare for a Second Coming in general, something that might descend upon the world, say, in a hundred years' time, was very different from a Judgment that might be expected, definitely, in about three weeks. – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  3. It was inconceivable that he should work in clay with his hands. – The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns by Arnold Bennett
  4. Many of them are made of clay and are sold very cheap. – Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce by E. R. Billings
  5. This is the best thy clay can do. – A Lonely Flute by Odell Shepard
  6. They make 'em out o' brick- clay and ham fat up in them mountains. – The Underdog by F. Hopkinson Smith
  7. Parson Jack pulled out his clay and filled it. – The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  8. It will be a change from pipe- clay and parade; and judging from what I saw between you and someone else in a certain quarter to- day, I should have thought that you would have been glad of a holiday." – One Maid's Mischief by George Manville Fenn
  9. " Do you think Clay-" " No!" – 'Firebrand' Trevison by Charles Alden Seltzer
  10. The great men of that day- Clay, Webster, Cass, and others- took part in that settlement, and it was then supposed that the settlement would be permanent. – The Life of Lyman Trumbull by Horace White
  11. M. de Perrencourt was of different clay from his Grace the Duke. – Simon Dale by Anthony Hope
  12. I saw between his trembling old fingers the fine features of a stone angel which he was covering with clay. – The World Decision by Robert Herrick
  13. She had seemed like clay in his hands ever since they got on the boat to come home. – Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather
  14. The edge of the gills is usually whitish, the surface clay- colored. – Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc. by George Francis Atkinson
  15. They were so well- beded in the clay that when it hardened the chimney was all one piece. – The Narrative of Gordon Sellar Who Emigrated to Canada in 1825 by Gordon Sellar
  16. Without pausing to discuss how easily this custom would have gradually given birth to the belief that the food and drink thus offered were intended for the use of the dead body itself, or its soul, I would point out that, in the absence of clay vessels, a stone, rough or worked, would have also served as an appropriate emblem of the earth- mother, being as it were, of her own substance. – The Fundamental Principles of Old and New World Civilizations by Zelia Nuttall
  17. So saying, Ralph picked up his cap, and carefully brushed off the clay and leaves. – The Boy Scouts of the Geological Survey by Robert Shaler
  18. Clay for making bricks is in plenty, and a considerable quantity of them burned and ready for use. – A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench
  19. He said to them, as he had said before: " A man put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and my sight came to me." – The Wonder Book of Bible Stories by Compiled by Logan Marshall
  20. And when this was done, he ordered four pieces of unbaked clay to be brought. – Sulamith: A Romance of Antiquity by Alexandre Kuprin