Definition of clay
1a : an earthy material that is plastic when moist but hard when fired, that is composed mainly of fine particles of hydrous aluminum silicates and other minerals, and that is used for brick, tile, and pottery; specifically : soil composed chiefly of this material having particles less than a specified sizeb : earth, mud
2a : a substance that resembles clay in plasticity and is used for modelingb : the human body as distinguished from the spiritc : fundamental nature or character the common clay
3 : clay court
clayeyplay \ˈklā-ē\ adjective
clayishplay \ˈklā-ish\ adjective
claylikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
Recent Examples of clay from the Web
For Nadal, his 100th best-of-five-set match on clay was also the most lopsided.
According to original Wonder Woman lore, she was crafted from clay by Amazon Queen Hyppolita.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says a fossilized hip joint was discovered on May 16 in a layer of sandy clay 16 feet below a major thoroughfare where the new rail line is being built.
Metro says the fossil was discovered on May 16, 2017, in a layer of sandy clay 16 feet (4.9 meters) below Crenshaw Boulevard just west of downtown Los Angeles.
Among goods shipped from Georgia to Germany: kaolinic clay, wood pulp and optical fiber.
After winning two major titles at the Australian Open and U.S. Open in 2016, Kerber has not won a title yet in 2017 and struggled in her lead-up matches on clay in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome.
The 254th-ranked Krejcikova upset Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 to end the Romanian's debut at the clay-court tournament, and Bertens advanced in the other semifinal on Friday when Misaki Doi became the sixth player to retire.
For years, the doughnuts Stan Berman sold out of his eponymous Westwood shop were packaged in a neat white box with a smooth clay coating.
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Origin and Etymology of clay
Middle English, from Old English clǣg; akin to Old High German klīwa bran, Latin gluten glue, Middle Greek glia
First Known Use: before 12th century
Definition of Clay
Henry 1777–1852 American statesman and orator
Definition of Clay
Lucius Du Bi*gnonplay \du̇-ˈbin-yən\ 1897–1978 American general
CLAY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clay for English Language Learners
: a heavy, sticky material from the earth that is made into different shapes and that becomes hard when it is baked or dried
CLAY Defined for Kids
Definition of clay for Students
1 : an earthy material that is sticky and easily molded when wet and hard when baked
2 : a substance like clay that is used for modeling
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