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ply

verb \ ˈplī \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018
plied; plying
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
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
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
plied; plying
: 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


PLY Defined for English Language Learners

ply

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


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