Clay definitions

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A sedimentary material with grains smaller than 0.002 millimeter in diameter.
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Moist sticky earth; mud.
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The human body as opposed to the spirit.
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A mineral substance made up of small crystals of silica and alumina, that is ductile when moist; the material of pre-fired ceramics.
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An earth material with ductile qualities.
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1777-1852; U.S. statesman & orator.
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(tennis) A tennis court surface.

The French Open is played on clay.

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Ball clay.
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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.

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A stiff, sticky sedimentary material that is soft and pliable when wet and consists mainly of various silicates of aluminum. Clay particles are smaller than silt, having a diameter less than 0.0039 mm. Clay is widely used to make bricks, pottery, and tiles.
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(biblical) The material of the human body.
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Fire clay.
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(geology) A particle less than 3.9 microns in diameter, following the Wentworth scale.
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Potter's clay.
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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.
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A hardening or nonhardening material having a consistency similar to clay and used for modeling.
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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.
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Soil composed of mineral particles of very small size.
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Earth, esp. as a symbol of the material of the human body.
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The human body.
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(firearms, informal) A clay pigeon.
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To add clay to, to spread clay onto.
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(of sugar) To purify using clay.
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A surname​.
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A male given name transferred from the surname.
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A diminutive of the male given name Clayton.
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Origin of clay

From Middle English clay, cley, from Old English clǣġ (“clay”), from Proto-Germanic *klajjaz (“clay”), from Proto-Indo-European *gley- (“to glue, paste, stick together”). Cognate with Dutch klei (“clay”), Low German klei (“clay”), German Klei, Danish klæg (“clay”); compare Ancient Greek γλία (glía), Latin glūs (“glue”), Ukrainian ґлей (glej, “clay”). Related also to clag, clog.