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Clay meaning

clay - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. a very fine- grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired
  2. 2. A soft earth, which is plastic, or may be molded with the hands, consisting of hydrous silicate of aluminium. It is the result of the wearing down and decomposition, in part, of rocks containing aluminous minerals, as granite. Lime, magnesia, oxide of iron, and other ingredients, are often present as impurities.
  3. 3. Earth in general, as representing the elementary particles of the human body; hence, the human body as formed from such particles.
  4. 4. To cover or manure with clay.
  5. 5. To clarify by filtering through clay, as sugar.
  6. 6. A plastic earth.

clay - examples of usage

  1. The colour of his face, the ears included, suggested burnt clay. - "Afoot in England", W.H. Hudson.
  2. Did he dare set himself up to be finer clay than that common soldier? - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
  3. Look here," he added, " I want to show you something;" and he pulled the wet cloth off a breadth of clay which he had set up on a board stayed against the wall. - "A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories", William D. Howells.
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