dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information
Wiki: Resources, links, and other information


26 definitions found
 for clay
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Clay \Clay\ (kl[=a]), n. [AS. cl[=ae]g; akin to LG. klei, D.
     klei, and perh. to AS. cl[=a]m clay, L. glus, gluten glue,
     Gr. gloio`s glutinous substance, E. glue. Cf. Clog.]
     1. 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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Poetry & Script.) Earth in general, as representing the
        elementary particles of the human body; hence, the human
        body as formed from such particles.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              I also am formed out of the clay.     --Job xxxiii.
                                                    6.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The earth is covered thick with other clay,
              Which her own clay shall cover.       --Byron.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Bowlder clay. See under Bowlder.
  
     Brick clay, the common clay, containing some iron, and
        therefore turning red when burned.
  
     Clay cold, cold as clay or earth; lifeless; inanimate.
  
     Clay ironstone, an ore of iron consisting of the oxide or
        carbonate of iron mixed with clay or sand.
  
     Clay marl, a whitish, smooth, chalky clay.
  
     Clay mill, a mill for mixing and tempering clay; a pug
        mill.
  
     Clay pit, a pit where clay is dug.
  
     Clay slate (Min.), argillaceous schist; argillite.
  
     Fatty clays, clays having a greasy feel; they are chemical
        compounds of water, silica, and aluminia, as halloysite,
        bole, etc.
  
     Fire clay, a variety of clay, entirely free from lime,
        iron, or an alkali, and therefore infusible, and used for
        fire brick.
  
     Porcelain clay, a very pure variety, formed directly from
        the decomposition of feldspar, and often called kaolin.
        
  
     Potter's clay, a tolerably pure kind, free from iron.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Clay \Clay\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clayed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Claying.]
     1. To cover or manure with clay.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To clarify by filtering through clay, as sugar.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  clay
      n 1: a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but
           hard when fired
      2: water soaked soil; soft wet earth [syn: mud, clay]
      3: United States general who commanded United States forces in
         Europe from 1945 to 1949 and who oversaw the Berlin airlift
         (1897-1978) [syn: Clay, Lucius Clay, Lucius DuBignon
         Clay]
      4: United States politician responsible for the Missouri
         Compromise between free and slave states (1777-1852) [syn:
         Clay, Henry Clay, the Great Compromiser]
      5: the dead body of a human being; "the cadaver was intended for
         dissection"; "the end of the police search was the discovery
         of a corpse"; "the murderer confessed that he threw the stiff
         in the river"; "honor comes to bless the turf that wraps
         their clay" [syn: cadaver, corpse, stiff, clay,
         remains]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  177 Moby Thesaurus words for "clay":
     Adam, Hominidae, Homo sapiens, Missouri meerschaum, acres,
     alluvion, alluvium, anatomy, arable land, ashes, blubber, body,
     bones, breeze, briar, briar pipe, butter, cadaver, calean, calumet,
     carcass, carrion, china, china clay, china stone, churchwarden,
     clod, corncob, corncob pipe, corpse, corpus, corpus delicti,
     crowbait, crust, cushion, dead body, dead man, dead person,
     decedent, dirt, dough, down, dry bones, dry land, dust, earth,
     eiderdown, embalmed corpse, enamel, fallen humanity, feather bed,
     feathers, figure, fireclay, fleece, flesh, floss, flue, fluff,
     flux, foam, food for worms, form, frame, freehold,
     generation of man, genus Homo, glaze, glebe, grassland, ground,
     gumbo, hominid, homo, hookah, hubble-bubble, hulk, human family,
     human nature, human race, human species, humanity, humankind,
     kaolin, kapok, land, landholdings, late lamented, le genre humain,
     lithosphere, man, mankind, marginal land, marl, material body,
     meerschaum, mire, mold, mortal flesh, mortal remains, mortality,
     mortals, muck, mud, mummification, mummy, nargileh, ooze,
     organic remains, peace pipe, person, petuntse, physical body,
     physique, pillow, pipe, pipe cleaner, pipe rack, plush, porcelain,
     porcelain clay, pudding, puff, putty, race of man, real estate,
     real property, refractory, refractory clay, region, regolith,
     relics, reliquiae, remains, rubber, satin, silk, skeleton, slime,
     slip, slob, slop, slosh, sludge, slush, sod, soil, soma, squash,
     stiff, subaerial deposit, subsoil, swansdown, swill,
     tenement of clay, terra, terra firma, terrain, territory,
     the country, the dead, the deceased, the defunct, the departed,
     the loved one, thistledown, tobacco pipe, tobacco pouch, topsoil,
     torso, trunk, velvet, water pipe, wax, woodland, wool, zephyr
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Clay
     This word is used of sediment found in pits or in streets (Isa.
     57:20; Jer. 38:60), of dust mixed with spittle (John 9:6), and
     of potter's clay (Isa. 41:25; Nah. 3:14; Jer. 18:1-6; Rom.
     9:21). Clay was used for sealing (Job 38:14; Jer. 32:14). Our
     Lord's tomb may have been thus sealed (Matt. 27:66). The
     practice of sealing doors with clay is still common in the East.
     Clay was also in primitive times used for mortar (Gen. 11:3).
     The "clay ground" in which the large vessels of the temple were
     cast (1 Kings 7:46; 2 Chr. 4:17) was a compact loam fitted for
     the purpose. The expression literally rendered is, "in the
     thickness of the ground,", meaning, "in stiff ground" or in
     clay.
     

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in Kentucky
     Population (2000):    24556
     Housing Units (2000): 9439
     Land area (2000):     471.009801 sq. miles (1219.909733 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.069320 sq. miles (0.179538 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    471.079121 sq. miles (1220.089271 sq. km)
     Located within:       Kentucky (KY), FIPS 21
     Location:             37.180607 N, 83.740232 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, KY
      Clay County
      Clay County, KY
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in Iowa
     Population (2000):    17372
     Housing Units (2000): 7828
     Land area (2000):     568.887016 sq. miles (1473.410544 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    3.627150 sq. miles (9.394276 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    572.514166 sq. miles (1482.804820 sq. km)
     Located within:       Iowa (IA), FIPS 19
     Location:             43.103200 N, 95.156090 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, IA
      Clay County
      Clay County, IA
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in Illinois
     Population (2000):    14560
     Housing Units (2000): 6394
     Land area (2000):     469.248887 sq. miles (1215.348986 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.589007 sq. miles (1.525520 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    469.837894 sq. miles (1216.874506 sq. km)
     Located within:       Illinois (IL), FIPS 17
     Location:             38.737029 N, 88.470910 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, IL
      Clay County
      Clay County, IL
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in Alabama
     Population (2000):    14254
     Housing Units (2000): 6612
     Land area (2000):     605.073966 sq. miles (1567.134311 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.927817 sq. miles (2.403035 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    606.001783 sq. miles (1569.537346 sq. km)
     Located within:       Alabama (AL), FIPS 01
     Location:             33.265810 N, 85.842858 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, AL
      Clay County
      Clay County, AL
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in Kansas
     Population (2000):    8822
     Housing Units (2000): 4084
     Land area (2000):     643.841746 sq. miles (1667.542397 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    11.599568 sq. miles (30.042743 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    655.441314 sq. miles (1697.585140 sq. km)
     Located within:       Kansas (KS), FIPS 20
     Location:             39.357193 N, 97.146911 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, KS
      Clay County
      Clay County, KS
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in Indiana
     Population (2000):    26556
     Housing Units (2000): 11097
     Land area (2000):     357.617036 sq. miles (926.223832 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    2.775799 sq. miles (7.189285 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    360.392835 sq. miles (933.413117 sq. km)
     Located within:       Indiana (IN), FIPS 18
     Location:             39.439101 N, 87.119952 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, IN
      Clay County
      Clay County, IN
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in Minnesota
     Population (2000):    51229
     Housing Units (2000): 19746
     Land area (2000):     1045.243534 sq. miles (2707.168209 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    7.494147 sq. miles (19.409751 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1052.737681 sq. miles (2726.577960 sq. km)
     Located within:       Minnesota (MN), FIPS 27
     Location:             46.869254 N, 96.568459 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, MN
      Clay County
      Clay County, MN
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in Mississippi
     Population (2000):    21979
     Housing Units (2000): 8810
     Land area (2000):     408.559856 sq. miles (1058.165124 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    7.460400 sq. miles (19.322346 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    416.020256 sq. miles (1077.487470 sq. km)
     Located within:       Mississippi (MS), FIPS 28
     Location:             33.629550 N, 88.722699 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, MS
      Clay County
      Clay County, MS
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in Missouri
     Population (2000):    184006
     Housing Units (2000): 76230
     Land area (2000):     396.348219 sq. miles (1026.537131 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    12.515353 sq. miles (32.414613 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    408.863572 sq. miles (1058.951744 sq. km)
     Located within:       Missouri (MO), FIPS 29
     Location:             39.253674 N, 94.474033 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, MO
      Clay County
      Clay County, MO
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in Nebraska
     Population (2000):    7039
     Housing Units (2000): 3066
     Land area (2000):     573.032951 sq. miles (1484.148466 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.492458 sq. miles (1.275460 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    573.525409 sq. miles (1485.423926 sq. km)
     Located within:       Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31
     Location:             40.521099 N, 98.042256 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, NE
      Clay County
      Clay County, NE
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in North Carolina
     Population (2000):    8775
     Housing Units (2000): 5425
     Land area (2000):     214.702322 sq. miles (556.076438 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    5.894883 sq. miles (15.267676 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    220.597205 sq. miles (571.344114 sq. km)
     Located within:       North Carolina (NC), FIPS 37
     Location:             35.040811 N, 83.790932 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, NC
      Clay County
      Clay County, NC
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in Tennessee
     Population (2000):    7976
     Housing Units (2000): 3959
     Land area (2000):     236.109850 sq. miles (611.521677 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    23.143592 sq. miles (59.941625 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    259.253442 sq. miles (671.463302 sq. km)
     Located within:       Tennessee (TN), FIPS 47
     Location:             36.564515 N, 85.548616 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, TN
      Clay County
      Clay County, TN
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in Texas
     Population (2000):    11006
     Housing Units (2000): 4992
     Land area (2000):     1097.817446 sq. miles (2843.334012 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    18.357402 sq. miles (47.545451 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1116.174848 sq. miles (2890.879463 sq. km)
     Located within:       Texas (TX), FIPS 48
     Location:             33.774574 N, 98.191211 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, TX
      Clay County
      Clay County, TX
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in South Dakota
     Population (2000):    13537
     Housing Units (2000): 5438
     Land area (2000):     411.600555 sq. miles (1066.040497 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    5.099059 sq. miles (13.206502 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    416.699614 sq. miles (1079.246999 sq. km)
     Located within:       South Dakota (SD), FIPS 46
     Location:             42.888221 N, 96.977391 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, SD
      Clay County
      Clay County, SD
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in West Virginia
     Population (2000):    10330
     Housing Units (2000): 4836
     Land area (2000):     342.398884 sq. miles (886.809002 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    1.421455 sq. miles (3.681552 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    343.820339 sq. miles (890.490554 sq. km)
     Located within:       West Virginia (WV), FIPS 54
     Location:             38.459274 N, 81.079453 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, WV
      Clay County
      Clay County, WV
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in Florida
     Population (2000):    140814
     Housing Units (2000): 53748
     Land area (2000):     601.107492 sq. miles (1556.861192 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    42.586405 sq. miles (110.298278 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    643.693897 sq. miles (1667.159470 sq. km)
     Located within:       Florida (FL), FIPS 12
     Location:             30.000401 N, 81.823736 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, FL
      Clay County
      Clay County, FL
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in Arkansas
     Population (2000):    17609
     Housing Units (2000): 8498
     Land area (2000):     639.298028 sq. miles (1655.774222 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    2.117764 sq. miles (5.484984 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    641.415792 sq. miles (1661.259206 sq. km)
     Located within:       Arkansas (AR), FIPS 05
     Location:             36.364388 N, 90.400570 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, AR
      Clay County
      Clay County, AR
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Clay -- U.S. County in Georgia
     Population (2000):    3357
     Housing Units (2000): 1925
     Land area (2000):     195.208226 sq. miles (505.586964 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    21.786309 sq. miles (56.426278 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    216.994535 sq. miles (562.013242 sq. km)
     Located within:       Georgia (GA), FIPS 13
     Location:             31.621252 N, 84.992877 W
     Headwords:
      Clay
      Clay, GA
      Clay County
      Clay County, GA
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Clay, AL -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Alabama
     Population (2000):    4947
     Housing Units (2000): 1683
     Land area (2000):     10.311680 sq. miles (26.707128 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.033070 sq. miles (0.085652 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    10.344750 sq. miles (26.792780 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            15256
     Located within:       Alabama (AL), FIPS 01
     Location:             33.700037 N, 86.623032 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Clay, AL
      Clay
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Clay, KY -- U.S. city in Kentucky
     Population (2000):    1179
     Housing Units (2000): 541
     Land area (2000):     0.906318 sq. miles (2.347352 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.906318 sq. miles (2.347352 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            15202
     Located within:       Kentucky (KY), FIPS 21
     Location:             37.477969 N, 87.820922 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     42404
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Clay, KY
      Clay
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Clay, WV -- U.S. town in West Virginia
     Population (2000):    593
     Housing Units (2000): 316
     Land area (2000):     0.573064 sq. miles (1.484230 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.060451 sq. miles (0.156568 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.633515 sq. miles (1.640798 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            15676
     Located within:       West Virginia (WV), FIPS 54
     Location:             38.462855 N, 81.080024 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     25043
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Clay, WV
      Clay
  

Questions or comments about this site? Contact webmaster@dict.org