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ply

verb \ ˈplī \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of ply

plied; plying
transitive verb
1 a :to use or wield diligently
  • busily plying his pen
b :to practice or perform diligently
  • ply a trade
2 :to keep furnishing or supplying something to
  • plied us with liquor
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
intransitive verb
1 :to apply oneself steadily
2 :to go or travel regularly

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Origin and Etymology of ply

Middle English plien, short for applien to apply


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ply

noun

Definition of ply

plural plies
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

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

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Origin and Etymology of ply

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ply

verb

Definition of ply

plied; plying
transitive verb
:to twist together
  • ply two single yarns

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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



PLY Defined for English Language Learners

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

verb \ ˈplī \

Definition of ply for Students

plied; plying
1 :to use something steadily or forcefully
  • ply an ax
2 :to keep supplying
  • They plied their guest with food.
3 :to work at
  • Carpenters were busy plying their trade.

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ply

noun

Definition of ply for Students

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


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