- The definition of clay is fine-grained soil or water-soaked earth.
An example of clay is a soft blob of water-soaked earth or fine grain soil that you use when wet and pliable to sculpt a vase, which is then fired under high heat and becomes hard.
A piece of pottery being formed out of clay.
clay definition by Webster's New World
- a firm, fine-grained earth, plastic when wet, composed chiefly of hydrous aluminum silicate minerals: it is produced by the chemical decomposition of rocks or the deposit of fine rock particles in water and is used in the manufacture of bricks, pottery, and other ceramics
- soil composed of mineral particles of very small size
- earth, esp. as a symbol of the material of the human body
- the human body
Origin: Middle English clei ; from Old English clæg ; from Indo-European base an unverified form glei-, to stick together from source clammy, German klei, mud, Classical Latin glus, glue
clay definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A fine-grained, firm earthy material that is plastic when wet and hardens when heated, consisting primarily of hydrated silicates of aluminum and widely used in making bricks, tiles, and pottery.b. A hardening or nonhardening material having a consistency similar to clay and used for modeling.
- Geology A sedimentary material with grains smaller than 0.002 millimeters in diameter.
- Moist sticky earth; mud.
- The human body as opposed to the spirit.
Origin: Middle English clei, from Old English clǽg.
- clayˈey , clayˈish adjective
, Cassius Marcellus 1810-1903.
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, Henry Known as “the Great Compromiser.” 1777-1852.
, Lucius DuBignon 1897-1978.
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