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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  (Poetry  &  Script.)  Earth  in  general,  as  representing  the 
  elementary  particles  of  the  human  body;  hence  the  human 
  body  as  formed  from  such  particles. 
 
  I  also  am  formed  out  of  the  clay.  --Job  xxxiii 
  6. 
 
  The  earth  is  covered  thick  with  other  clay,  Which 
  her  own  clay  shall  cover.  --Byron. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Clay  \Clay\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Clayed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Claying}.] 
  1.  To  cover  or  manure  with  clay. 
 
  2.  To  clarify  by  filtering  through  clay,  as  sugar. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  clay 
  n  1:  soil  that  is  plastic  when  moist  but  hard  when  fired 
  2:  water  soaked  soil;  soft  wet  earth  [syn:  {mud}] 
  3:  the  dead  body  of  a  human  being  [syn:  {cadaver},  {corpse},  {stiff}, 
  {remains}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Clay,  KY  (city,  FIPS  15202) 
  Location:  37.47688  N,  87.82042  W 
  Population  (1990):  1173  (533  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.3  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  42404 
  Clay,  NY 
  Zip  code(s):  13041 
  Clay,  WV  (town,  FIPS  15676) 
  Location:  38.46275  N,  81.08019  W 
  Population  (1990):  592  (305  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.5  sq  km  (land),  0.2  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  25043 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  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. 
 




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