- The definition of a ply is a layer of fabric, wood or a strand of fiber.
- An example of a ply is a layer of wood glued into a sheet of plywood.
- An example of a ply is a three-ply cashmere sweater which is a sweater knit from triple strands of cashmere.
- Ply is defined as to make multiple layers, to work at, to keep supplying or to keep asking questions.
- An example of ply is to stack thin sheets of wood together to make plywood.
- An example of ply is to use your skills at a job, to ply your craft.
- An example of ply is to keep giving snacks to a group of teens to keep them motivated to complete a project, to ply them with snacks.
- An example of ply is to continually ask questions of someone, to ply them with questions.
Origin: Middle English plien from Old French plier from Classical Latin plicare, to fold from Indo-European base an unverified form plek-, to entwine from source flax
- a single thickness, fold, or layer, as of doubled cloth, plywood, etc.
- one of the twisted strands in rope, yarn, etc.
- the state of being bent or twisted
- bias or inclination
Origin: MFr pli < the v.
- to do work with; wield or use (a tool, faculty, etc.), esp. with energy
- to work at (a trade)
- to address (someone) urgently and constantly (with questions, etc.)
- to keep supplying (with gifts, food, drink, etc.)
- to sail regularly back and forth across: boats ply the channel
Origin: Middle English plien, aphetic for applien, apply
- to keep busy or work (at something or with a tool, etc.)
- to travel regularly (between places): said of ships, buses, etc.
- Old Poet. to steer a course
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transitive verb plied plied , ply·ing, plies plies
- To join together, as by molding or twisting.
- To double over (cloth, for example).
- A layer, as of doubled-over cloth or of paperboard.
- One of the sheets of wood glued together to form plywood.
- A layer of rubber-coated fabric, often of nylon or polyester cords, forming the body of an automobile tire.
- One of the strands twisted together to make yarn, rope, or thread. Often used in combination: three-ply cord.
- A bias; an inclination.
Origin: Middle English plien, from Old French plier, alteration of pleier, from Latin plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
verb plied plied , ply·ing, plies plies verb, transitive
- To use diligently; wield: ply a knitting needle.
- To engage in diligently; practice: plied the carpenter's trade. See Synonyms at handle.
- To traverse or sail over regularly: Trading ships plied the routes between coastal ports.
- To continue offering something to; ensure that (another) is abundantly served: plied their guests with excellent food.
- To assail vigorously.
- To traverse a route or course regularly: The boat plies between the islands on a weekly schedule.
- To perform or work diligently or regularly: plied at the weaver's trade for 20 years.
- Nautical To work against the wind by a zigzag course; tack.
Origin: Middle English plien, from applien, to apply; see apply.