Meaning of CLAY in English


clay 1

— claylike , adj.

/klay/ , 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.


6. to treat or mix with clay; cover, daub, or fill with clay.

7. to filter through clay.

[ bef. 1000; ME; OE claeg, c. D, G Klei, akin to GLUE ]

clay 2

/klay/ , n.

a lusterless serge having a rough texture. Also called clay worsted .

[ perh. short for clay drab clay-colored cloth ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .