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ply

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verb \ˈplī\

Definition of ply

plied

plying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to use or wield diligently <busily plying his pen> b :  to practice or perform diligently <ply a trade>

  3. 2 :  to keep furnishing or supplying something to <plied us with liquor>

  4. 3 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>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to apply oneself steadily

  7. 2 :  to go or travel regularly

Origin and Etymology of ply

Middle English plien, short for applien to apply


First Known Use: 14th century


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ply

noun

Definition of ply

plural

plies

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  inclination, bias

Examples of ply in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of ply

3ply


First Known Use: 1532

Other Paper Terms


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ply

verb

Definition of ply

plied

plying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to twist together <ply two single yarns>

Origin and Etymology 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



PLY Defined for English Language Learners


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ply

noun

Definition of ply for English Language Learners

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


PLY Defined for Kids

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ply

play
verb \ˈplī\

Definition of ply for Students

plied

plying

  1. 1 :  to use something steadily or forcefully <ply an ax>

  2. 2 :  to keep supplying <They plied their guest with food.>

  3. 3 :  to work at <Carpenters were busy plying their trade.>


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ply

play
noun

Definition of ply for Students

plural

plies

  1. :  one of the folds, layers, or threads of which something (as yarn or plywood) is made up



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