verb \ˈplī\

Definition of PLY

transitive verb
a :  to use or wield diligently <busily plying his pen>
b :  to practice or perform diligently <ply a trade>
:  to keep furnishing or supplying something to <plied us with liquor>
a :  to make a practice of rowing or sailing over or on <the boat plies the river>
b :  to go or travel regularly over, on, or through <jets plying the skies>
intransitive verb
:  to apply oneself steadily
:  to go or travel regularly

Origin of PLY

Middle English plien, short for applien to apply
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with PLY



: one of the layers, folds, or strands that make something (such as yarn or plywood)

plural plies

Full Definition of PLY

a :  one of several layers (as of cloth) usually sewn or laminated together
b :  one of the strands in a yarn
c :  one of the veneer sheets forming plywood
d :  a layer of a paper or cardboard

Examples of PLY

  1. a single ply of fabric
  2. <since taking a ply to French burgundies, he's hardly even looked at anything else in the wine store>

Origin of PLY

First Known Use: 1532

Other Paper Terms

folio, palimpsest, quire, ream


transitive verb

Definition of PLY

:  to twist together <ply two single yarns>

Origin of PLY

Middle English plien to fold, from Anglo-French plier, pleier, from Latin plicare; akin to Old High German flehtan to braid, Latin plectere, Greek plekein
First Known Use: circa 1909


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