clay: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (klā), [key]
— n.
  1. a natural earthy material that is plastic when wet, consisting essentially of hydrated silicates of aluminum: used for making bricks, pottery, etc.
  2. earth; mud.
  3. earth, esp. regarded as the material from which the human body was formed.
  4. the human body, esp. as distinguished from the spirit or soul; the flesh.
  5. human character as estimated according to fineness of constitution, endowments, etc.: The saints and heroes seem of a different clay from most of us.
  1. to treat or mix with clay; cover, daub, or fill with clay.
  2. to filter through clay.


Pronunciation: (klā), [key]
— n.
  1. a lusterless serge having a rough texture. Also called


Pronunciation: (klā), [key]
— n.
  1. (Charlotte Monica Braeme), 1836–84, English author: originator of a long series of romantic novels.
  2. 1810–1903, U.S. antislavery leader and diplomat.
  3. original name of
  4. 1777–1852, U.S. statesman and orator.
  5. 1897–1978, U.S. general.
  6. a male given name.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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